[strey-tuh s, strat-uh s]
- a cloud of a class characterized by a gray, horizontal layer with a uniform base, found at a lower altitude than altostratus, usually below 8000 feet (2400 meters).
Origin of stratus
1795–1805; < Latin strātus; see stratum
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Examples from the Web for stratus
Here are situated Stratus and Trichonium, which has an excellent soil.
As the Cumulus belongs to the day, so does the Stratus to the night.
It is of variable extent and thickness, and is called Stratus, a bed or covering.
The Stratus, an extended continuous level sheet of cloud, increasing from beneath.The Reason Why
The wind lulled, and heavy clouds of stratus appeared in the east, towards evening.
C19: via New Latin from Latin: strewn, from sternere to extend
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Word Origin and History for stratus
"a low layer of cloud," 1803, from Latin stratus "a spreading," from stratus, past participle of sternere (see stratum).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A diffuse, grayish cloud that often produces drizzle and is formed primarily in altitudes no higher than 2,000 m (6,560 ft). A stratus cloud close to the ground or water is called fog. See illustration at cloud.
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