Definition of stratus in English:


Syllabification: stra·tus
Pronunciation: /ˈstrātəs, ˈstra-


  • Cloud forming a continuous horizontal gray sheet, often with rain or snow.
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    • In summer, Arctic Ocean packice cover is incomplete and heavily puddled, which maintains a constant layer of stratus and stratocumulus cloud cover.
    • The sky, a gloomy purple, was overlapped by stratus sheets of blue-black clouds.
    • The first sign that this is occurring would be the sight of a bank of Cirrus, followed by a bank of medium level clouds, and then thicker stratus clouds.


early 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin, literally 'strewn', past participle of sternere.

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