Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A low-altitude cloud formation consisting of a horizontal layer of gray clouds.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A continuous horizontal sheet of cloud, generally of uniform thickness.
  • noun See cloud, 1.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Meteor.) A form of clouds in which they are arranged in a horizontal band or layer. See cloud.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun meteorology A principal, low-level cloud type in the form of a 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a large dark low cloud

Etymologies

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

[From Latin strātus, past participle of sternere, to stretch, extend; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • 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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  • But the sky ... beautiful layers of cloud: cirrus, cumulus, stratus lying in runs from horizon to horizon.

    Beach Reading

  • But the sky ... beautiful layers of cloud: cirrus, cumulus, stratus lying in runs from horizon to horizon.

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  • 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").

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  • 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.

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  • Inside is the chronometer-certified Breitling Calibre 32 movement, and the watch can be purchased with a volcano black, Air Force blue, tungsten gray or stratus silver dial.

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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.

    Imbecilogram

  • The low-lying stratus, stratocumulus, cumulus, nimbostratus, and cumulonimbus are where all the action is.

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  • Inside is the chronometer-certified Breitling Calibre 32 movement, and the watch can be purchased with a volcano black, Air Force blue, tungsten gray or stratus silver dial.

    A Hot Half Dozen for 2010

  • Inside is the chronometer-certified Breitling Calibre 32 movement, and the watch can be purchased with a volcano black, Air Force blue, tungsten gray or stratus silver dial.

    A Hot Half Dozen for 2010

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