the region of the upper atmosphere extending upward from the tropopause to about 30 miles (50 km) above the earth, characterized by little vertical change in temperature.
(formerly) all of the earth's atmosphere lying outside the troposphere.
any great height or degree, as the highest point of a graded scale.
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- strat·o·spher·ic [strat-uh-sfer-ik, -sfeer-], /ˌstræt əˈsfɛr ɪk, -ˈsfɪər-/, strat·o·spher·i·cal, adjective
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How to use stratosphere in a sentence
As the 2012 second-round pick came into his own, the team hit the stratosphere, snapping a 40-year title drought.Draymond Green Isn’t Scoring, But He’s Doing Everything Else For The Warriors | James L. Jackson | February 4, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
Since it doesn’t exist naturally in the stratosphere, though, scientists don’t actually know how it would react up there, meaning additional research and experiments are needed.Scientists Want to Fight Climate Change by Blocking the Sun With Dust | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | January 28, 2021 | Singularity Hub
For those who have the money, two of the best ways to experience the Overview Effect will be private suborbital space flight and trips to the stratosphere on a high-altitude balloon.
From that flashpoint, a blue jet shot up into the stratosphere, climbing as high as about 52 kilometers over several hundred milliseconds.Space station detectors found the source of weird ‘blue jet’ lightning | Maria Temming | January 21, 2021 | Science News
It sits in the stratosphere, a high-altitude band of the atmosphere far above the wind, clouds, and precipitation we feel on the ground.The polar vortex is about to split in two. But what does that actually mean? | Philip Kiefer | January 11, 2021 | Popular-Science
But this is the kind of role, both manly and emotional, that launches an actor into the stratosphere.‘Fault in Our Stars’ Hunk Ansel Elgort Wants You to Cry (A Lot) | Kevin Fallon | June 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But her iconic turn in Clueless sent the MTV darling into the stratosphere.‘Clueless’: How the Greatest Clique of the ‘90s Transformed Into A Shakespearean Tragedy | Marlow Stern | May 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
From some vantage points, the stratosphere on the strip is visible, but it feels light years away.A Tech Millionaire Bets on the Urban Revival of Downtown Las Vegas | Sarah Kunst | January 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
However, once she arrives at the bridge, her voice soars into the stratosphere.The Best (and Worst) Rihanna Covers: Jared Leto, Vin Diesel, Selena Gomez, More | The Daily Beast | September 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Investing in a career could help launch it into the stratosphere.Are Indie Presses the Minor Leagues of Publishing? | James McGirk | June 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Meta took the ship into the stratosphere, in a high ballistic arc that ended at the islands.Deathworld | Harry Harrison
The stratosphere continues to a height of about 100,000 feet.
The present view is that fallout debris placed in the stratosphere remains in that hemisphere in which the explosion occurs.
There is disagreement on the precise modes of distribution of radioactive materials projected into the stratosphere.
Above it is the stratosphere, where there is no 40 turbulence and only a slow mixing of dry and cloudless air.
British Dictionary definitions for stratosphere
the atmospheric layer lying between the troposphere and the mesosphere, in which temperature generally increases with height
- stratospheric (ˌstrætəˈsfɛrɪk) or stratospherical, adjective
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Scientific definitions for stratosphere
The region of the Earth's atmosphere extending from the tropopause to about 50 km (31 mi) above the Earth's surface. The stratosphere is characterized by the presence of ozone gas (in the ozone layer) and by temperatures which rise slightly with altitude, due to the absorption of ultraviolet radiation. See also exosphere mesosphere thermosphere troposphere. See illustration at atmosphere.
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Cultural definitions for stratosphere
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