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dropsonde

[ drop-sond ]
/ ˈdrɒpˌsɒnd /
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noun Meteorology.

an instrument similar to aradiosonde 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
/ (ˈdrɒpsɒnd) /

noun

meteorol a radiosonde dropped by parachute

Word Origin for dropsonde

C20: drop + (radio) sonde
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