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[kat-uh-bat-ik] /ˌkæt əˈbæt ɪk/
adjective, Meteorology.
(of a wind or air current) moving downward or down a slope.
Compare anabatic (def 1).
Origin of katabatic
1915-20; < Greek katabatikós pertaining to going down, equivalent to kata- kata- + ba- (stem of baínein to go; see basis) + -tikos -tic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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British Dictionary definitions for katabatic


(of winds) blowing downhill through having become denser with cooling, esp at night when heat is lost from the earth's surface Compare anabatic
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katabatic in Science
Relating to wind currents that blow down a gradient, especially down the slopes of a mountain or glacier. When air comes in contact with the cool surface of a glacier or the upper regions of a mountain or slope, the air cools, becomes dense, and blows downward. Katabatic winds are usually cool and are especially common at night in polar regions. Compare anabatic.
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