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dropsonde

[drop-sond]
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noun Meteorology.
  1. an instrument similar to a radiosonde that is attached to a parachute and released from an aircraft.
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Origin of dropsonde

First recorded in 1945–50; drop + (radio)sonde
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British Dictionary definitions for dropsonde

dropsonde

noun
  1. meteorol a radiosonde dropped by parachute
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Word Origin

C20: drop + (radio) sonde
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