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gradient wind

[wind] /wɪnd/
noun
1.
a wind with a velocity and direction that are mathematically defined by the balanced relationship of the pressure gradient force to the centrifugal force and the Coriolis force: conceived as blowing parallel to isobars.
Compare geostrophic wind.
Origin of gradient wind
1905-1910
1905-10
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Examples from the web for gradient wind
  • Hurricanes are among cyclonic vortices in which the gradient wind relationship holds during their evolution.
  • gradient wind is the primary contributor to surge, generally acknowledged to be twice that of the pressure contribution.

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