Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cloud, the highest form of cumulus, appearing in small masses. bright on the sunny and shaded on the opposite side; in the older terminology, a cumulo-cirrus. They are frequently arranged in rank and file, generally disappearing in the sunshine, and are then indicative of dry, pleasant weather. Sometimes this little cloud has a definite structure as a vortex-ring.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Meteor.) A fleecy cloud formation consisting of large whitish or grayish globular cloudlets with shaded portions, often grouped in flocks or rows.
- n. a cumulus cloud at an intermediate altitude of 2 or 3 miles
“Those rare golden-light New Mexico days: Charcoal alto-cumulus clouds, a break on the distant horizon, the magic, yes MAGIC of the science of refraction and the whole of your perceived universe is bathed in the most beautiful cognac-golden light.”
“Those days where there are dense alto-cumulus clouds blanking the entire sky except for the barest sliver of a break to the west.”
“Up and down we steamed until the afternoon of the 26th, when the wind lulled away to nothing, and the grey, even pall of cloud rose and broke into fleecy alto-cumulus.”
“November 18 was a bright dazzling day, the sky dotted with fleecy alto-cumulus.”
“When lower and in heavy roundish masses it's called alto-cumulus, which is the fifth on the list, and when it is lower still and looks like a lot of great blue-gray footballs wedged closely together it is known as strato-cumulus. ”
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