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[an-tee-sahy-klohn, an-tahy-] /ˌæn tiˈsaɪ kloʊn, ˌæn taɪ-/
noun, Meteorology.
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
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[an-tee-sahy-klon-ik, an-tahy-] /ˌæn ti saɪˈklɒn ɪk, ˌæn taɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for anticyclone
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  • During the year the anticyclone furnishes us with about sixty per cent.

    Reading the Weather

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

    Reading the Weather

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

    Reading the Weather

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

    Reading the Weather

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

    The Silent Isle

    Arthur Christopher Benson
  • Something of the laws of cyclone and anticyclone are known, and rude weather predictions across the Atlantic are roughly possible.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • anticyclone, a phenomenon presenting some features opposite to those of a cyclone.

  • An area of high pressure, with its system of winds, is called an anticyclone, or high.

    The Mentor: The Weather Charles Fitzhugh Talman
  • An area of high pressure, with its attendant system of winds, is called an anticyclone or high.

    Meteorology Charles Fitzhugh Talman
  • The first and most reliable symptom of the approach of an anticyclone is the west wind.

    Reading the Weather

    Thomas Morris Longstreth
British Dictionary definitions for anticyclone


(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 hemisphere Also called high
Derived Forms
anticyclonic (ˌæntɪsaɪˈklɒnɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for anticyclone

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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anticyclone in Science
  (ān'tē-sī'klōn', ān'tī-)   
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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