American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A low-altitude cloud formation consisting of a horizontal layer of gray clouds.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A continuous horizontal sheet of cloud, generally of uniform thickness. It is essentially a fine-weather cloud, and is characteristic of areas of high pressure. In the evening and morning of fine days it frequently appears as a low foggy canopy overspreading the whole or a part of the sky, and disappears as the heat of the day increases. All low detached clouds which look like lifted fog and are not consolidated into definite form are stratus. It is the lowest of the clouds. Abbreviated s. See cut under
- n. See cloud, 1. The International Conference, at Innsbruck in Sept., 1905, officially adopted the following for international use: “Instead of ‘raised fog in a horizontal layer’ stratus should be defined as ‘a uniform layer of cloud similar to fog but which does not rest on the ground’: the complete absence of details distinguishes the stratus from other compact forms of cloud.”
- n. meteorology A principal, low-level cloud type in the form of gray layer with a rather uniform base, usually not associated with precipitation, and capable of producing corona phenomena and a weak, uniform luminance; abbreviated St.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a large dark low cloud
- From Latin strātus, past participle of sternere, to stretch, extend. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Most likely, it was one of the 10 great species of clouds, beginning with low- altitude cumulus ("cotton-wool puffs"), stratocumulus ("a low layer or patch of cloud") and stratus (a "gray overcast layer").”
“But the sky ... beautiful layers of cloud: cirrus, cumulus, stratus lying in runs from horizon to horizon.”
“I kept to my hands and knees, like a little drunk myself, creeping down the hallway under the stratus cloud of smoke, under the radar, until I found the door with the dark stairs going down.”
“This sounds more like a wake than a new deal administration, except for the party-time swearing-in festivities that do absolutely nothing to change the stratus-quo. —”
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“ When Haymes explained how the postcards would be displayed in the gallery, in patches ranging from the walls to the ceiling, almost like clouds, cumulus in places, stratus in others, most agreed the project not only had potential but could actually mirror something about the human condition.”
“The low-lying stratus, stratocumulus, cumulus, nimbostratus, and cumulonimbus are where all the action is.”
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“Consider the entry on cumulonimbus: While most of us might be familiar with the four common cloud names — cumulus (heaped), stratus (layered), cirrus (curl of hair) and nimbus (rain) — Ms. Jenkins reveals that the publication of the first popular " International Cloud Atlas " at the end of the 19th century expanded this taxonomy to 10 cloud types, including the mountainous cumulonimbus, listed as Cloud Nine.”
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