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radiosonde

[ rey-dee-oh-sond ]

noun

, Meteorology.
  1. an instrument that is carried aloft by a balloon to send back information on atmospheric temperature, pressure, and humidity by means of a small radio transmitter.


radiosonde

/ ˈreɪdɪəʊˌsɒnd /

noun

  1. an airborne instrument used to send meteorological information back to earth by radio Also calledradiometeorograph


radiosonde

/ dē-ō-sŏnd′ /

  1. An instrument that is carried into the atmosphere by a balloon, makes measurements of temperature, air pressure, humidity, and wind speed and direction, and transmits the measurements back to the ground. A radiosonde is typically sent to altitudes of approximately 30 km (18.6 mi). There are approximately 70 radiosonde stations across the continental United States. Each station launches two radiosondes daily.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of radiosonde1

First recorded in 1935–40; radio- + sonde

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Word History and Origins

Origin of radiosonde1

C20: radio- + French sonde sounding line

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