[ an-tee-sahy-klohn, an-tahy- ]
/ ˌæn tiˈsaɪ kloʊn, ˌæn taɪ- /

noun Meteorology.

a circulation of winds around a central region of high atmospheric pressure, clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.Compare cyclone(def 1), high(def 37).

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anticyclone

/ (ˌæntɪˈsaɪkləʊn) /


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 hemisphereAlso called: high

Derived forms of anticyclone

anticyclonic (ˌæntɪsaɪˈklɒnɪk), adjective
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Science definitions for anticyclone

[ ăn′tē-sīklōn′, ăn′tī- ]

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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