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anticyclone

[an-tee-sahy-klohn, an-tahy-]
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noun Meteorology.
  1. a circulation of winds around a central region of high atmospheric pressure, clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.Compare cyclone(def 1), high(def 37).

Origin of anticyclone

First recorded in 1875–80; anti- + cyclone
Related formsan·ti·cy·clon·ic [an-tee-sahy-klon-ik, an-tahy-] /ˌæn ti saɪˈklɒn ɪk, ˌæn taɪ-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for anticyclone

Historical Examples

  • During the year the anticyclone furnishes us with about sixty per cent.

    Reading the Weather</p>

    Thomas Morris Longstreth

  • So it is well to be able to recognize an anticyclone when one appears.

    Reading the Weather</p>

    Thomas Morris Longstreth

  • But the anticyclone is an agent of dryness, hence their short duration.

    Reading the Weather</p>

    Thomas Morris Longstreth

  • It has knocked the anticyclone on the flank, taken the teeth out of the gale.

    Reading the Weather</p>

    Thomas Morris Longstreth

  • But an anticyclone in the springtime is the opening of a door into paradise.

    The Silent Isle</p>

    Arthur Christopher Benson


British Dictionary definitions for anticyclone

anticyclone

noun
  1. meteorol a body of moving air of higher pressure than the surrounding air, in which the pressure decreases away from the centre. Winds circulate around the centre in a clockwise direction in the N hemisphere and anticlockwise in the S hemisphereAlso called: high
Derived Formsanticyclonic (ˌæntɪsaɪˈklɒnɪk), adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for anticyclone

n.

1863, coined by Francis Galton (1822-1911), English polymath, explorer, and meteorologist, from anti- + cyclone. Related: Anticyclonic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

anticyclone in Science

anticyclone

[ăn′tē-sīklōn′, ăn′tī-]
  1. A large-scale system of winds that spiral outward around a region of high atmospheric pressure. In the Northern Hemisphere the wind in an anticyclone moves clockwise, and in the Southern Hemisphere it moves counterclockwise. Compare cyclone.
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