[trop-uh-pawz, troh-puh-]

noun Meteorology.

the boundary, or transitional layer, between the troposphere and the stratosphere.

Origin of tropopause

First recorded in 1915–20; tropo- + pause Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for tropopause



meteorol the plane of discontinuity between the troposphere and the stratosphere, characterized by a sharp change in the lapse rate and varying in altitude from about 18 km (11 miles) above the equator to 6 km (4 miles) at the Poles
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tropopause in Science


[trōpə-pôz′, trŏpə-]

The boundary between the upper troposphere and the lower stratosphere, varying in altitude from about 8 km (5 mi) at the poles to 18 km (11 mi) at the equator.
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