Stratus meaning

străt'əs, strā'təs
A low-altitude cloud formation consisting of a horizontal layer of gray clouds.
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The type of gray cloud found at low altitudes and consisting of a uniform layer of water droplets and sometimes ice crystals.
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A diffuse, grayish cloud that often produces drizzle and is formed primarily in altitudes no higher than 2,000 m (6,560 ft). A stratus cloud close to the ground or water is called fog.
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(meteorology) A principal, low-level cloud type in the form of a gray layer with a rather uniform base, usually not associated with precipitation, and capable of producing corona phenomena and a weak, uniform luminance; abbreviated St.
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(Stratus Technologies, Maynard, MA, www.stratus.com) A manufacturer of fault-tolerant computers founded in 1980. It supports both the VOS and FTX Unix operating systems on its XA/R line of i860-based systems. Its earlier XA/2000 line was Motorola 68K based. The next line of systems, dubbed the Continuum series, uses HP's PA-RISC architecture.
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Origin of stratus

  • From Latin strātus past participle of sternere to stretch, extend ster-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition