atmospheric inversion


noun Meteorology.


Nearby words

  1. atmosphere,
  2. atmospheric,
  3. atmospheric braking,
  4. atmospheric electricity,
  5. atmospheric engine,
  6. atmospheric perspective,
  7. atmospheric pressure,
  8. atmospheric tide,
  9. atmospheric window,
  10. atmospherics

inversion

[ in-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n ]
/ ɪnˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən /

noun

adjective

pertaining to or associated with inversion therapy or the apparatus used in it: inversion boots.

Origin of inversion

1545–55; < Latin inversiōn- (stem of inversiō) a turning in. See inverse, -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for atmospheric-inversion

inversion

/ (ɪnˈvɜːʃən) /

noun

Derived Formsinversive, adjective

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Word Origin and History for atmospheric-inversion

inversion

n.

1550s, from Latin inversionem (nominative inversio) "an inversion," noun of action from past participle stem of invertere (see invert).

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Medicine definitions for atmospheric-inversion

inversion

[ ĭn-vûrzhən ]

n.

The act of inverting or the state of being inverted.
Conversion of a substance in which the direction of optical rotation is reversed.
The taking on of the gender role of the opposite sex.
A chromosomal defect in which a segment of the chromosome breaks off and reattaches in the reverse direction.

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Science definitions for atmospheric-inversion

inversion

[ ĭn-vûrzhən ]

A departure from the normal effect of altitude on a meteorological property, especially an atmospheric condition in which the air temperature rises with increasing altitude.♦ A layer of air that is warmer than the air below it is called an inversion layer. Such a layer traps the surface air in place and prevents dispersion of any pollutants it contains.
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