geostrophic wind

noun
a wind whose velocity and direction are mathematically defined by the balanced relationship of the pressure gradient force and the Coriolis force: conceived as blowing parallel to isobars.
Compare gradient wind.


Origin:
1915–20

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Geostrophic wind components were computed from the heights at the three levels.
Surface isobars confirm the persistent southwest geostrophic wind gradient noted earlier.
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