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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ This behaviour is similar to the observed evolution of the mean temperature in the lower stratosphere during 1984 and 1989.
▪ Changes in the tropospheric circulation will affect planetary wave propagation and hence the temperature variability of the lower stratosphere.
▪ In the tropical lower stratosphere, however, O 3 is reduced by up to 7%.
▪ But he expects good sales from certain novels below the CrichtonGrisham stratosphere.
▪ But with no corresponding drop in birthrates the population line was propelled into the demographic stratosphere.
▪ It also forms a very reflective sulfate aerosol haze in the stratosphere, which efficiently reflects incident sunlight away from Earth.
▪ It forces real interest rates into the stratosphere and makes rapid growth extremely difficult.
▪ It was the Unwins, in the stratosphere of ecstasy, who led Upper Gumtree into the winners' circle.
▪ Nuclear explosions produce shock waves which can inject oxides of nitrogen into the stratosphere.
▪ Ozone in the stratosphere forms a natural shield to filter harmful ultraviolet light.
▪ So the cloud absorbs sunlight, heating the stratosphere up but stopping warmth from reaching the Earth.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1908, from French stratosphère, literally "sphere of layers," coined by French meteorologist Léon-Philippe Teisserenc de Bort (1855-1913) from Latin stratus "a spreading out" (from past participle stem of sternere "to spread out;" see structure (n.)) + French -sphère, as in atmosphère (see sphere).\n

\nThe region where the temperature increases or remains steady as you go higher. An earlier stratosphere, attested in English 1908 and coined in German 1901, was a geological term for part of the Earth's crust. It is now obsolete. Related: Stratospheric.


n. 1 (context geology obsolete English) Collectively, those layers of the (l en Earth)’s (l en crust) which primarily (l en comprise) (l en stratify stratified) (l en deposit deposits). 2 (context meteorology English) The region of the uppermost atmosphere where temperature increases along with the altitude due to the absorption of solar ultraviolet radiation by ozone. The stratosphere extends from the tropopause (10–15 kilometers) to approximately 50 kilometers, where it is succeeded by the mesosphere.


n. the atmospheric layer between the troposphere and the mesosphere


The stratosphere is the second major layer of Earth's atmosphere, just above the troposphere, and below the mesosphere. About 20% of the atmosphere's mass is contained in the stratosphere. The stratosphere is stratified in temperature, with warmer layers higher and cooler layers closer to the Earth. The increase of temperature with altitude, is a result of the absorption of the Sun's ultraviolet radiation by ozone. This is in contrast to the troposphere, near the Earth's surface, where temperatures decreases with altitude. The border between the troposphere and stratosphere, the tropopause, marks where this temperature inversion begins. Near the equator, the stratosphere starts at ; at mid latitudes, it starts at and ends at ; at the poles, it starts at about . Temperatures vary within the stratosphere with the seasons, in particular with the polar night (winter). The greatest variation of temperature, takes place over the poles in the lower stratosphere; those variations are largely steady at lower latitudes and higher altitudes.

Stratosphere (disambiguation)

The stratosphere is a region of Earth's upper atmosphere.

Stratosphere may also refer to:

  • Stratosfear, an album by Tangerine Dream
  • Stratosphere, a character in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (toy line)
  • "Stratosphere", a song by Stratovarius
  • Stratosphere: Conquest of the Skies, a 1998 computer game
  • "Stratosphere gun", nickname for the U.S. Army 120 mm M1 gun
  • Stratosphere Las Vegas, a casino hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Stratosphere Sound, a recording studio in New York City
  • Suzuki Stratosphere, a concept motorcycle
Stratosphere (Matt Sorum album)

Stratosphere is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter and drummer Matt Sorum. Credited to "Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy", it was released in 2014 and contains tracks in a variety of styles. AllMusic reviewer John Christopher Monger rated the album 4 stars out of 5 and described it as "a big, dusty, vintage blast of open-road classic rock, breezy singer/songwriter folk-pop, and occasionally lavish chamber/psych rock".

Stratosphere (Duster album)

Stratosphere is the debut studio album by American space-rock band Duster. The album was released on 24 February 1998 on the Up Records label in the United States.

The album was primarily written and recorded by members Clay Parton and Canaan Dove Amber, with Jason Albertini contributing drums to three tracks. The band subsequently released the Contemporary Movement album in 2000.

The 7th track from the CD version of the album, "Echo, Bravo", is omitted from the original LP.

Usage examples of "stratosphere".

By reacting with free oxygen atoms in the stratosphere, the intrusive methane reduced the quantity available for ozone formation.

Moreover, methane reactions in the stratosphere yielded water vapor that further depleted the ozone.

You may be Miss Blank, subsisting in a bed-sitting-room without very much to live for or many people to care whether you live or not, but for a pound or two a year you can battle for lost causes, sail beyond Ultima Thule, ascend into the stratosphere, love and be courted, adorn a glittering throng with your glamorous presence, tumble over a corpse on the mat, probe the mystery of the Poisoned Penwiper, and never have a dull moment.

When you see the top of a storm cloud flattening out into the classic anvil shape, you are looking at the boundary between the troposphere and stratosphere.

You shall be der virst liffing greature to go oudt beyond der stratosphere of der earth, out into space.

Considering that the air of Oblivia was chockablock with real live vultures, from fencepost level to the stratosphere, I could see little point in their flourishing a dead and stuffed one.

Further within this energy envelope are layers of tenuous matter called the atmospheric strata: exosphere, ionosphere, mesosphere, stratosphere, and troposphere.

Its microbiotic crew long reduced to nanometric motes, its strange, organic fabric tenuous, the minuscule remaining mass of the C-and-C produced little flash as all but its intricate and indestructible prime mover vaporized in the lower stratosphere.

Any postatomic winter would have had to encompass virtually the entire planet, since the masses of dust thrown into the stratosphere would increase the albedo of the whole surface.

A most intricate device would be placed atop a sounding rocket, complete with a score of telemetric devices, and it would soar the first five miles through the visible cloud layer, through the stratosphere and mesosphere, reporting perfectly on conditions there, but when it entered the ionosphere, where the data became critical, some small component of the instrument system, damaged by the physical stress of launch, would cease functioning and the shot would be scrubbed.

And the ash was burned life, trees and mammals and divergent species of dinosaurs from America and China and Australia and Antarctica, burned to cinders by the global firestorms and then burned again in the pulse of superheat, now mingled together in the choked stratosphere.

If opinion on the web was bad, and the enclaves got nervous, the best contractors and subcontractors would turn the job down in favor of safer work, or would drive their prices up into the stratosphere.

I am writing, the last days of the planet earth, telecasting was done from planes circling the stratosphere.

Conscious that the human organism, normally capable of sustaining an atmospheric pressure of 19 tons, when elevated to a considerable altitude in the terrestrial atmosphere suffered with arithmetical progression of intensity, according as the line of demarcation between troposphere and stratosphere was approximated from nasal hemorrhage, impeded respiration and vertigo, when proposing this problem for solution, he had conjectured as a working hypothesis which could not be proved impossible that a more adaptable and differently anatomically constructed race of beings might subsist otherwise under Martian, Mercurial, Veneral, Jovian, Saturnian, Neptunian or Uranian sufficient and equivalent conditions, though an apogean humanity of beings created in varying forms with finite differences resulting similar to the whole and to one another would probably there as here remain inalterably and inalienably attached to vanities, to vanities of vanities and to all that is vanity.

The medley of icons from the Cambrian, from ancient Africa, shells and brontosaurus brains, glaciers and the stratosphere dissolve on her screen into Gaia's personal heartthrob, the one image I know to be her own.