Definition of katabatic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkadəˈbadik/


(Of a wind) caused by local downward motion of cool air. Compare with anabatic.
Example sentences
  • The most famous katabatic wind in Europe is the Mistral, which blows down the Rhône valley in southern France and out into the Mediterranean.
  • The most extreme type of katabatic wind is found in the Antarctic where cold gusts of wind surge across the polar ice caps.
  • As a result of katabatic winds, temperatures in valleys and low lying areas can be significantly lower…


Late 19th century: from Greek katabatikos, from katabainein 'go down'.

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Syllabification: kat·a·bat·ic

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