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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The rate of decrease of atmospheric temperature with increase in altitude.

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  • n. The rate of change in atmospheric temperature with increase of height. The variable normally is temperature unless specified otherwise. This is a vertical direction of travel (up or down), and the temperature may rise or fall suddenly.

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