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Definition of "geostrophic" []

  • Of or relating to the pseudo force caused by the earth's rotation. (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 "geostrophic" in a sentence
  • "Winds of this type are usually called geostrophic winds."
  • "Output would also be less dependent on location than it is on the ground, simply because terrain doesn't matter much when you're at 35,000ft; however, since the jetstream and other "geostrophic" winds don't blow much at latitudes near the equator, it would be useful primarily for middle - and higher-latitudes."
  • "In this simple model, the overflow is assumed to pass through a channel, sufficiently narrow to allow neglect of geostrophic effects."