from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the physical features of mountains, or to orography
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the effects of mountains on weather

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to orography.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to orography.


From orography +‎ -ic. (Wiktionary)


  • From high above, you can see it moving right through Jamaica, places like Blue Mountain, right near Kingston, has an elevation around 6,000 feet with that of a storm with this magnitude, you have over what we refer to as orographic lift.

    CNN Transcript Aug 29, 2008

  • You know, in the high elevations, Betty, you mentioned moments ago that mudslides, when you have the heavy rainfall in areas like, say, parts of Cuba, especially the eastern half, you're going to have what they refer to as orographic lift.

    CNN Transcript Nov 9, 2008

  • And you get a little bit of what we call orographic lift once that moves over the land.

    CNN Transcript Feb 6, 2007

  • What occurs is -- let's enlarge this -- we have something we refer to as orographic lift, which basically is in the most rudimentary sense, it's like getting a sponge and squeezing all the moisture out of it.

    CNN Transcript Oct 3, 2009

  • They are scientifically referred to as orographic formations from the Greek "oros," meaning "mountain."

    Rich Wolf: Boulder UFOs Identified (Photos)

  • As it piles up in parts of Alabama, Georgia, Carolinas, especially the highest elevations, we're going have a process that we weather geeks refer to as orographic lift, where you have that moisture that goes up the mountainsides and the colder air aloft causes it to enhance that rainfall.

    CNN Transcript Nov 9, 2009

  • So-called "orographic lifting" of this moistened flow by the terrain only adds to the snow totals. Top headlines

  • The cool air is less able to hold moisture, which is then released as capacities of the former and the 8 Freshwater Under Threat: South Asia precipitation, a process known as orographic precipitation. as high as 49.8 per cent in Bangladesh, to 30.9 per cent in Nepal, 26.1 per cent in India, and 25.3 per cent in Bhutan

    Recently Uploaded Slideshows

  • Air circulation from this winter storm will slam clouds into the mountains and cause heavier "orographic" rain (precipitation influenced by the mass of the mountains).

    Daily Breeze Most Viewed

  • In this scenario -- "orographic" lift or the perpendicular airflow over places like the Santa Cruz mountains will likely mean rainfall totals approaching 5 "-6" if not more in some locations.

    NBC Bay Area -


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.