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).

    • ‘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 authors demonstrate that the presence of stronger westerly jets in the stratosphere causes tropospheric weather systems to track further toward the pole.’
    • ‘CFC molecules react with and destroy ozone in the Earth's stratosphere.’
    • ‘Should further cooling of the Arctic stratosphere occur, increasing ozone losses can be expected for the next couple of decades.’
    • ‘The stratosphere extends above the troposphere to about 150,000 feet and is the region where the ozone layer is formed.’
    • ‘The current winter and early spring have been extremely cold in the Arctic stratosphere, leading to the potential for substantial ozone depletion there.’
    • ‘Only the stratosphere is dry enough and with a long enough residence time (a few years) for the small anthropogenic inputs to be important.’
    • ‘That's consistent with the fingerprint of ozone depletion plus greenhouse gases, which would cool the stratosphere and warm the surface.’
    • ‘Like nacreous clouds, these usually form slightly above the troposphere, in the dry and ice-free stratosphere.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like the Earth's atmosphere, Titan's atmosphere can be separated into the troposphere, stratosphere, and upper atmosphere.’
    • ‘A small proportion of this is Ozone, which is found in the stratosphere in a layer.’
    • ‘Just above the stratosphere lies the mesosphere.’
    • ‘The resulting chlorine atoms that are generated catalyze the depletion of the ozone layer in the stratosphere.’
    • ‘It eventually reaches the stratosphere, where it causes a thinning of the ozone layer.’
    • ‘The ozone layer is a thin layer of gas in the stratosphere which effectively screens out most of the harmful UV radiation in sunlight.’
    • ‘Various methods were employed to collect data from the ocean's surface through the lower stratosphere.’
    • ‘Ozone is commonly thought of in terms of the ozone layer high in the stratosphere.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1informal The very highest levels of something.
      ‘her next big campaign launched her into the fashion stratosphere’
      • ‘Can this player muzzle the critics and take that one giant leap into the international stratosphere?’
      • ‘He's blasted the level of cuisine into the stratosphere.’
      • ‘I like to say his standards were in the stratosphere, which is of course where they belong, journalistically.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the Class X level, the percentages hit the stratosphere.’