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stratosphere

[strat-uh-sfeer] /ˈstræt əˌsfɪər/
noun
1.
the region of the upper atmosphere extending upward from the tropopause to about 30 miles (50 km) above the earth, characterized by little vertical change in temperature.
2.
(formerly) all of the earth's atmosphere lying outside the troposphere.
3.
any great height or degree, as the highest point of a graded scale.
Origin of stratosphere
1905-1910
1905-10; strat(um) + -o- + sphere
Related forms
stratospheric
[strat-uh-sfer-ik, -sfeer-] /ˌstræt əˈsfɛr ɪk, -ˈsfɪər-/ (Show IPA),
stratospherical, adjective
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Examples from the Web for stratosphere
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  • From the stratosphere he had seen hundreds of similar cities.

    The Invader Alfred Coppel
  • This idea of denizens of the stratosphere has attacked the popular imagination.

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • Once in the comfort of their cabin they doffed their stratosphere suits with all possible speed.

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • Suppose you do encounter some intelligence in the stratosphere?

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
  • For Kress was to land right here when, and if, he had conquered the stratosphere.

    Lords of the Stratosphere Arthur J. Burks
British Dictionary definitions for stratosphere

stratosphere

/ˈstrætəˌsfɪə/
noun
1.
the atmospheric layer lying between the troposphere and the mesosphere, in which temperature generally increases with height
Derived Forms
stratospheric (ˌstrætəˈsfɛrɪk), stratospherical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for stratosphere
n.

1909, from French stratosphère, literally "sphere of layers," coined by French meteorologist Léon-Philippe Teisserenc de Bort (1855-1913) from Latin stratus "a spreading out" (from past participle stem of sternere "to spread out;" see structure (n.)) + French -sphère, as in atmosphère. The region where the temperature increases or remains steady as you go higher. [An earlier stratosphere, attested in English 1908 and coined in German 1901, was a geological term for part of the Earth's crust. It is now obsolete.]

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stratosphere in Science
stratosphere
  (strāt'ə-sfîr')   
The region of the Earth's atmosphere extending from the tropopause to about 50 km (31 mi) above the Earth's surface. The stratosphere is characterized by the presence of ozone gas (in the ozone layer) and by temperatures which rise slightly with altitude, due to the absorption of ultraviolet radiation. See also exosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, troposphere., See illustration at atmosphere.

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stratosphere in Culture
stratosphere [(strat-uh-sfeer)]

The region of the atmosphere of the Earth above the troposphere. The stratosphere begins at an altitude of seven to ten miles and extends to approximately thirty miles.

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