Definition of katabatic in English:


Syllabification: kat·a·bat·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌkatəˈbatik


  • (Of a wind) caused by local downward motion of cool air. Compare with anabatic.
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    • 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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