stratus

[strey-tuhs, strat-uhs]
noun, plural strati [strey-tahy, strat-ahy] .
a cloud of a class characterized by a gray, horizontal layer with a uniform base, found at a lower altitude than altostratus, usually below 8000 feet (2400 meters).

Origin:
1795–1805; < Latin strātus; see stratum

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stratus (ˈstreɪtəs)
 
n , pl -ti
cirrus Compare cumulus a grey layer cloud
 
[C19: via New Latin from Latin: strewn, from sternere to extend]

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stratus
"a low layer of cloud," 1803, from L. stratus "a spreading," from stratus, pp. of sternere (see stratum).
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stratus   (strāt'əs, strā'təs)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural strati (strāt'ī, strā'tī)
A diffuse, grayish cloud that often produces drizzle and is formed primarily in altitudes no higher than 2,000 m (6,560 ft). A stratus cloud close to the ground or water is called fog. See illustration at cloud.
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Stratus definition

company
One of the leading manufacturers of fault-tolerant computer systems. While virtually all of Stratus' core hardware and software is sold into the financial services, telecommunications, travel and transportation, and gaming these markets, a broad range of middleware and applications are developed and marketed by Stratus, its subsidiaries, and third party partners.
Yearly sales $609M, profits $43.5M (1996).
(http://stratus,com).
(1997-04-24)
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Example sentences
Stratus clouds can blanket the entire sky in a single pattern.
Stratus clouds are good indicators that precipitation is approaching.
Fog will often lift into a layer of stratus by an increase in wind or a rise in temperature.
Stratus clouds are usually the only clouds that touch the ground.
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