The definition of a pycnocline is a layer in a body of water where the density is the greatest.
An example of a pycnocline is a layer of the ocean in which the density quickly increases as the water gets deeper.
An intermediate layer of oceanic water in which density increases more rapidly with depth than in the layers above and below it.
A layer, zone, or gradient of changing density, esp. a thin layer of ocean water with a density that increases rapidly with depth.
Origin of pycnocline
- Greek puknos thick –cline
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Ancient Greek Ï€Ï…ÎºÎ½ÏŒÏ„Î·Ï‚ (puknotÄ“s, “density") +"Ž -cline