pressure gradient

  1. the change in atmospheric pressure per unit of horizontal distance in the direction in which pressure changes most rapidly.

Origin of pressure gradient

First recorded in 1915–20
  • Also called barometric gradient.

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British Dictionary definitions for pressure gradient

pressure gradient

  1. the change of pressure per unit distance: See adverse pressure gradient, favourable pressure gradient

  2. meteorol the decrease in atmospheric pressure per unit of horizontal distance, shown on a synoptic chart by the spacing of the isobars

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