Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A form of clouds in which they are arranged in a horizontal band or layer. See cloud.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. a large dark low cloud

Etymologies

From Latin strātus, past participle of sternere, to stretch, extend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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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