[ nim-boh-strey-tuhs, -strat-uhs ]
/ ˌnɪm boʊˈstreɪ təs, -ˈstræt əs /
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noun, plural nim·bo·stra·tus.
a cloud of a class characterized by a formless layer that is almost uniformly dark gray; a rain cloud of the layer type, of low altitude, usually below 8,000 feet (2,440 meters).
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British Dictionary definitions for nimbostratus
/ (ˌnɪmbəʊˈstreɪtəs, -ˈstrɑːtəs) /
noun plural -ti (-taɪ)
a dark-coloured rain-bearing stratus cloud
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Scientific definitions for nimbostratus
[ nĭm′bō-străt′əs ]
Plural nimbostrati (nĭm′bō-străt′ī′)
A dark, gray, mid-altitude cloud that often covers the entire sky and precipitates rain, snow, or sleet. Nimbostratus clouds generally form around 2,000 m (6,560 ft) but often extend to much higher and lower altitudes. See illustration at cloud.
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