- the region of the upper atmosphere extending upward from the tropopause to about 30 miles (50 km) above the earth, characterized by little vertical change in temperature.
- (formerly) all of the earth's atmosphere lying outside the troposphere.
- any great height or degree, as the highest point of a graded scale.
Origin of stratosphere
Examples from the Web for stratosphere
But this is the kind of role, both manly and emotional, that launches an actor into the stratosphere.‘Fault in Our Stars’ Hunk Ansel Elgort Wants You to Cry (A Lot)
June 6, 2014
But her iconic turn in Clueless sent the MTV darling into the stratosphere.‘Clueless’: How the Greatest Clique of the ‘90s Transformed Into A Shakespearean Tragedy
May 30, 2014
From some vantage points, the Stratosphere on the strip is visible, but it feels light years away.A Tech Millionaire Bets on the Urban Revival of Downtown Las Vegas
January 16, 2014
However, once she arrives at the bridge, her voice soars into the stratosphere.The Best (and Worst) Rihanna Covers: Jared Leto, Vin Diesel, Selena Gomez, More
The Daily Beast
September 19, 2013
Investing in a career could help launch it into the stratosphere.Are Indie Presses the Minor Leagues of Publishing?
June 13, 2013
It took only one, fifty miles up in the stratosphere, to destroy all New York.Slaves of Mercury
Suppose you do encounter some intelligence in the stratosphere?
This idea of denizens of the stratosphere has attacked the popular imagination.
For Kress was to land right here when, and if, he had conquered the stratosphere.
What had been done to him by the—the denizens of the stratosphere?
- the atmospheric layer lying between the troposphere and the mesosphere, in which temperature generally increases with height
Word Origin and History for stratosphere
1909, from French stratosphère, literally "sphere of layers," coined by French meteorologist Léon-Philippe Teisserenc de Bort (1855-1913) from Latin stratus "a spreading out" (from past participle stem of sternere "to spread out;" see structure (n.)) + French -sphère, as in atmosphère. The region where the temperature increases or remains steady as you go higher. [An earlier stratosphere, attested in English 1908 and coined in German 1901, was a geological term for part of the Earth's crust. It is now obsolete.]
- The region of the Earth's atmosphere extending from the tropopause to about 50 km (31 mi) above the Earth's surface. The stratosphere is characterized by the presence of ozone gas (in the ozone layer) and by temperatures which rise slightly with altitude, due to the absorption of ultraviolet radiation. See also exosphere mesosphere thermosphere troposphere. See illustration at atmosphere.