[ an-tee-sahy-klohn, an-tahy- ]

  1. a circulation of winds around a central region of high atmospheric pressure, clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Origin of anticyclone

First recorded in 1875–80; anti- + cyclone

Other words from anticyclone

  • an·ti·cy·clon·ic [an-tee-sahy-klon-ik, an-tahy-], /ˌæn ti saɪˈklɒn ɪk, ˌæn taɪ-/, adjective

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How to use anticyclone in a sentence

  • During the year the anticyclone furnishes us with about sixty per cent.

    Reading the Weather | Thomas Morris Longstreth

British Dictionary definitions for anticyclone


/ (ˌæntɪˈsaɪkləʊn) /

  1. 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 of anticyclone

  • anticyclonic (ˌæntɪsaɪˈklɒnɪk), adjective

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Scientific definitions for anticyclone


[ ăn′tē-sīklōn′, ăn′tī- ]

  1. 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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