[nim-boh-strey-tuh s, -strat-uh s]
- 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 8000 feet (2440 meters).
Origin of nimbostratus
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- a dark-coloured rain-bearing stratus cloud
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Word Origin and History for nimbostratus
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- 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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