Definition of nimbostratus in English:



  • A type of cloud forming a thick uniform gray layer at low altitude, from which rain or snow often falls (without any lightning or thunder)

    • ‘Lesser values can be recorded in between the main storm cores and from the nimbostratus.’
    • ‘Well, it is quite light in colour to be a nimbostratus but precipitation all day long in connection with a weather front depicts the cloud.’
    • ‘The storm was cloaked like a hidden monster behind a stratiform cloud veil (nimbostratus) with a little fractus in the foreground.’
    • ‘Rain and snow often accompany the development of nimbostratus clouds.’


Late 19th century: modern Latin, from nimbus + stratus.