/kætəˈbætɪk/ (say katuh'batik)

adjective Meteorology
(of winds and air currents) blowing downhill, as during the night when air in the upper slopes is cooled by radiation and so becomes denser.
Also, catabatic. {Greek katabatikos of or relating to going down}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • katabatic — [kat΄ə bat′ik] adj. moving downward: said of air currents or winds …   English World dictionary

  • katabatic — adjective Etymology: Greek katabatos descending, verbal of katabainein to go down, from kata cata + bainein to go more at come Date: 1918 relating to or being a wind produced by the flow of cold dense air down a slope (as of a mountain or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • katabatic — /kat euh bat ik/, adj. Meteorol. (of a wind or air current) moving downward or down a slope. Cf. anabatic (def. 1). [1915 20; < Gk katabatikós pertaining to going down, equiv. to kata KATA + ba (s. of baínein to go; see BASIS) + tikos TIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • katabatic — adjective kætəˈbætɪk Downslope on a mountainside …   Wiktionary

  • katabatic —   a wind flowing down valley sides and floors, usually as air cools, condenses and sinks at night …   Geography glossary

  • katabatic — adj. pertaining to a cold downward flowing wind …   English contemporary dictionary

  • katabatic — [ˌkatə batɪk] adjective Meteorology (of a wind) caused by local downward motion of cool air. Origin C19: from Gk katabatikos, from katabainein go down …   English new terms dictionary

  • katabatic — kat·a·bat·ic …   English syllables

  • katabatic — kat•a•bat•ic [[t]ˌkæt əˈbæt ɪk[/t]] adj. mer (of a wind) moving downward or down a slope • Etymology: 1915–20; < Gk katabatikós pertaining to descent …   From formal English to slang

  • katabatic — Relating to a cold downward wind …   Grandiloquent dictionary

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