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a polar katabatic wind


Of or relating to the downward flow of cold dense air: a katabatic wind.

[Greek katabatikos, pertaining to descent, from katabatos, descending : kata-, cata- + batos, going; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.]


(Environmental Science) (of winds) blowing downhill through having become denser with cooling, esp at night when heat is lost from the earth's surface. Compare anabatic


(ˌkæt əˈbæt ɪk)

(of a wind) moving downward or down a slope.
[1915–20; < Greek katabatikós pertaining to descent]


- Skiing is a katabatic sport—moving down a slope or valley.
See also related terms for slope.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.katabatic - of an air current or wind; moving downward or down a slope because of cooling especially at night
meteorology - the earth science dealing with phenomena of the atmosphere (especially weather)
anabatic - of an air current or wind; rising especially up a slope; "an anabatic wind"
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