[strey-tuh s, strat-uh s]
- a cloud of a class characterized by a gray, horizontal layer with a uniform base, found at a lower altitude than altostratus, usually below 8000 feet (2400 meters).
Origin of stratus
1795–1805; < Latin strātus; see stratum
- a combining form representing stratum in compound words: stratiform.
Origin of strati-
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- indicating stratum or stratastratiform; stratigraphy
Word Origin for stratus
C19: via New Latin from Latin: strewn, from sternere to extend
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"a low layer of cloud," 1803, from Latin stratus "a spreading," from stratus, past participle of sternere (see stratum).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A diffuse, grayish cloud that often produces drizzle and is formed primarily in altitudes no higher than 2,000 m (6,560 ft). A stratus cloud close to the ground or water is called fog. See illustration at cloud.
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