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).

    • ‘Should further cooling of the Arctic stratosphere occur, increasing ozone losses can be expected for the next couple of decades.’
    • ‘Various methods were employed to collect data from the ocean's surface through the lower stratosphere.’
    • ‘The current winter and early spring have been extremely cold in the Arctic stratosphere, leading to the potential for substantial ozone depletion there.’
    • ‘Like nacreous clouds, these usually form slightly above the troposphere, in the dry and ice-free stratosphere.’
    • ‘A small proportion of this is Ozone, which is found in the stratosphere in a layer.’
    • ‘Only the stratosphere is dry enough and with a long enough residence time (a few years) for the small anthropogenic inputs to be important.’
    • ‘Just above the stratosphere lies the mesosphere.’
    • ‘Ozone is commonly thought of in terms of the ozone layer high in the stratosphere.’
    • ‘That's consistent with the fingerprint of ozone depletion plus greenhouse gases, which would cool the stratosphere and warm the surface.’
    • ‘So while we are minding our business down here on the earth's surface, up in the stratosphere, ozone is continually being created and destroyed.’
    • ‘It has been argued that not taking the cooling in the stratosphere properly into account can be one explanation for the trend differences.’
    • ‘Another important climate forcing, volcanic aerosols, can also give a similar opposing trend between the stratosphere and troposphere.’
    • ‘The authors demonstrate that the presence of stronger westerly jets in the stratosphere causes tropospheric weather systems to track further toward the pole.’
    • ‘Nacreous and Noctilucent clouds form not in the part of the atmosphere in which we live, but much higher up, in the stratosphere and mesosphere.’
    • ‘The ozone layer is a thin layer of gas in the stratosphere which effectively screens out most of the harmful UV radiation in sunlight.’
    • ‘It eventually reaches the stratosphere, where it causes a thinning of the ozone layer.’
    • ‘CFC molecules react with and destroy ozone in the Earth's stratosphere.’
    • ‘The stratosphere extends above the troposphere to about 150,000 feet and is the region where the ozone layer is formed.’
    • ‘Like the Earth's atmosphere, Titan's atmosphere can be separated into the troposphere, stratosphere, and upper atmosphere.’
    • ‘The resulting chlorine atoms that are generated catalyze the depletion of the ozone layer in the stratosphere.’
    1. 1.1informal The very highest levels of something.
      ‘her next big campaign launched her into the fashion stratosphere’
      • ‘He's blasted the level of cuisine into the stratosphere.’
      • ‘Can this player muzzle the critics and take that one giant leap into the international stratosphere?’
      • ‘If you want a white shirt that will propel you into the fashion stratosphere, then look for something in a luxurious fabric which is fitted, yet floaty.’
      • ‘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.’