geostrophic wind


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.

Nearby words

  1. geostationary,
  2. geostationary operational environmental satellite,
  3. geostationary orbit,
  4. geostrategy,
  5. geostrophic,
  6. geosynchronous,
  7. geosynchronous satellite,
  8. geosynclinal,
  9. geosyncline,
  10. geotag

Compare gradient wind.

Origin of geostrophic wind

First recorded in 1915–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019