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anticyclone

[an-tee-sahy-klohn, an-tahy-] /ˌæn tiˈsaɪ kloʊn, ˌæn taɪ-/
noun, Meteorology
1.
a circulation of winds around a central region of high atmospheric pressure, clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.
Compare cyclone (def 1), high (def 37).
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; anti- + cyclone
Related forms
anticyclonic
[an-tee-sahy-klon-ik, an-tahy-] /ˌæn ti saɪˈklɒn ɪk, ˌæn taɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-cyclone

anticyclone

/ˌæntɪˈsaɪkləʊn/
noun
1.
(meteorol) a body of moving air of higher pressure than the surrounding air, in which the pressure decreases away from the centre. Winds circulate around the centre in a clockwise direction in the N hemisphere and anticlockwise in the S hemisphere Also called high
Derived Forms
anticyclonic (ˌæntɪsaɪˈklɒnɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for anti-cyclone

anticyclone

n.

1863, coined by Francis Galton (1822-1911), English polymath, explorer, and meteorologist, from anti- + cyclone. Related: Anticyclonic.

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anti-cyclone in Science
anticyclone
  (ān'tē-sī'klōn', ān'tī-)   
A large-scale system of winds that spiral outward around a region of high atmospheric pressure. In the Northern Hemisphere the wind in an anticyclone moves clockwise, and in the Southern Hemisphere it moves counterclockwise. Compare cyclone.
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