(comparative more synoptic, superlative most synoptic)
- Of, or relating to a synopsis
- In general, pertaining to or affording an overall view. In meteorology, this term has become somewhat specialized in referring to the use of meteorological data obtained simultaneously over a wide area for presenting a comprehensive and nearly instantaneous picture of the state of the atmosphere. Thus, to a meteorologist, synoptic takes the additional connotation of simultaneity.
- (Meteorology) synoptic *scale* refers to weather or climatological patterns on the order or 1000 kilometres, or on the order of days or weeks (e.g. high pressure cells, or storm tracks).
From New Latin synopticus, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ…Î½Î¿Ï€Ï„Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (sunoptikos, “seeing the whole together or at a glance"), from ÏƒÏÎ½Î¿ÏˆÎ¹Ï‚ (sunopsis, “a general view, synopsis"), from ÏƒÏÎ½ (sun, “with") + á½„ÏˆÎ¹Ï‚ (opsis, “view").