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rawinsonde

[rey-win-sond]
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noun
  1. a method of upper-atmosphere meteorological observation conducted by means of a radiosonde tracked by radar.
Compare raob, rawin.

Origin of rawinsonde

1945–50; ra(dar) + win(d) + (radio)sonde
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British Dictionary definitions for rawinsonde

rawinsonde

noun
  1. a hydrogen balloon carrying meteorological instruments and a radar target, enabling the velocity of winds in the atmosphere to be measured

Word Origin

C20: blend of radar + wind + radiosonde
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rawinsonde in Science

rawinsonde

[rāwĭn-sŏnd′]
  1. A radiosonde used to observe the speed and direction of upper-air winds and tracked by a radio direction-finding instrument or radar.
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