tropical depression

[ trop-i-kuhl di-presh-uhn ]
/ ˈtrɒp ɪ kəl dɪˈprɛʃ ən /

noun Meteorology.

an atmospheric low-pressure system originating in the tropics, specifically, a tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained wind speed is 38 miles per hour (62 kilometers per hour) or less.

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Origin of tropical depression

First recorded in 1845–50; tropical + depression (in the sense “low atmospheric pressure”
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British Dictionary definitions for tropical depression

tropical depression

noun

Caribbean an area of heavy rains and winds, the first stage in the development of a possible hurricane
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Scientific definitions for tropical depression

tropical depression

A tropical cyclone having sustained surface winds less than 39 mi (63 km) per hour. See Note at cyclone.
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