a wind whose velocity and direction are mathematically defined by the balanced relationship of the pressure gradient force and the Coriolis force: conceived as blowing parallel to isobars.
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- geostationary operational environmental satellite,
- geostationary orbit,
- geosynchronous satellite,
Compare gradient wind.
Origin of geostrophic wind
First recorded in 1915–20
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