[ mag-nee-tuh-pawz ]

  1. the boundary between the earth's magnetosphere and interplanetary space, about 40,000 miles (65,000 km) above the earth, marked by an abrupt decrease in the earth's magnetic induction.

  2. a similar feature of some other planet.

Origin of magnetopause

First recorded in 1960–65; magneto- + pause

Words Nearby magnetopause Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024