Definition of adiabatic lapse rate in English:

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adiabatic lapse rate

noun

Meteorology
The rate at which atmospheric temperature decreases with increasing altitude in conditions of thermal equilibrium.
Example sentences
  • Parcels of air, or thermals, which are isolated from the surrounding atmosphere, cool at a predetermined rate known as the adiabatic lapse rate.
  • All that technobabble is Greek to the Professor, however, whose lack of expertise is such that there is no telling the difference between an adiabatic lapse rate and a diabetic Lap's rat.
  • A representative estimate of the saturation adiabatic lapse rate is 6 Celsius degrees per kilometer.

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Syllabification: ad·i·a·bat·ic lapse rate

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