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sonde

[sond] /sɒnd/
noun, Rocketry.
1.
a rocket, balloon, or rockoon used as a probe for observing phenomena in the atmosphere.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; < French: plumb line; see sound3
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  • Outside air was directed over the sonde by this ducting.
  • The sonde was deployed at the construction site on an offshore buoy.
  • The horizontal coverage of an individual sonde varies depending upon the track the sonde takes as it ascends.
  • If a sonde fails, please try to replace it immediately.
British Dictionary definitions for sonde

sonde

/sɒnd/
noun
1.
a rocket, balloon, or probe used for observing in the upper atmosphere
Word Origin
C20: from French: plummet, plumb line; see sound³
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