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stratosphere Line breaks: strato|sphere
Pronunciation: /ˈstratəˌsfɪə/

Definition of stratosphere in English:


1The layer of the earth’s atmosphere above the troposphere, extending to about 50 km above the earth’s surface (the lower boundary of the mesosphere).
Example sentences
  • The stratosphere extends above the troposphere to about 150,000 feet and is the region where the ozone layer is formed.
  • Just above the stratosphere lies the mesosphere.
  • Another important climate forcing, volcanic aerosols, can also give a similar opposing trend between the stratosphere and troposphere.
1.1 informal The very highest levels of something: her next big campaign launched her into the fashion stratosphere
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  • I like to say his standards were in the stratosphere, which is of course where they belong, journalistically.
  • At the Class X level, the percentages hit the stratosphere.
  • He's blasted the level of cuisine into the stratosphere.


Pronunciation: /stratəˈsfɛrɪk/
Example sentences
  • What this means physically is that any attempt to correct the tropospheric channel in this fashion leads to a misinterpretation of stratospheric cooling as tropospheric warming.
  • Over 50 per cent of the stratospheric ozone is destroyed by these two mechanisms: most of the damage occurs in the lower stratosphere.
  • I'm not writing stratospheric amounts like I was before my flirtation with employment, but it feels steady and events are occurring within the story.
Example sentences
  • The cost of property, already stratospherically high, is further compounded by the cost of stamp duty, conveyancing charges and estate agent's fees.
  • If you are happy about fingering coats that cost a year's salary, these stratospherically up-market stores are definitely worth a look.
  • At the centre of the story are two best friends, destined to fall out as their calendar becomes stratospherically successful.
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