Definition of "stratospheric" [stratospheric]

  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of the stratosphere. (adjective)
  • Extremely or unreasonably high: "money borrowed at today's stratospheric rates of interest” ( New York Times). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stratospheric" in a sentence
  • "The territoire replicated in stratospheric Tibet and in the arid west."
  • "Not a single executive conceded any significant error in their use of bailout funds, overseeing mortgages or dealing with credit card holders, though Mack did concede a strategic corporate stumble shared by many institutions, namely the stratospheric leverage he'd operated under (32 times assets) during the heady days of easy money."
  • "Ultraviolet radiation is largely absorbed in the stratosphere, where it combines with ozone molecules to form what is known as stratospheric ozone."