• WordNet 3.6
    • n stratus a large dark low cloud
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stratus (Meteor) A form of clouds in which they are arranged in a horizontal band or layer. See Cloud.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stratus A continuous horizontal sheet of cloud, generally of uniform thickness. It is essentially a fine-weather cloud, and is characteristic of areas of high pressure. In the evening and morning of fine days it frequently appears as a low foggy canopy overspreading the whole or a part of the sky, and disappears as the heat of the day increases. All low detached clouds which look like lifted fog and are not consolidated into definite form are stratus. It is the lowest of the clouds. Abbreviated s. See cut under cloud.
    • n stratus See cloud, 1. The International Conference, at Innsbruck in Sept., 1905, officially adopted the following for international use: “Instead of ‘raised fog in a horizontal layer’ stratus should be defined as ‘a uniform layer of cloud similar to fog but which does not rest on the ground’: the complete absence of details distinguishes the stratus from other compact forms of cloud.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stratus strā′tus the fall or night-cloud, the lowest of clouds, a widely-extended horizontal sheet, of varied thickness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. stratus, a spreading out, scattering, from sternere, stratum, to spread
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. stratus, a coverlet—sternĕre, stratum, to spread.


In literature:

The sky was hazy with cirro-stratus and a fine halo "ringed" the sun.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
The stratus spreading over from the S.E.
"The Voyages of Captain Scott" by Charles Turley
The Stratus, or Fall Cloud, is horizontal in its figure, lies near the earth, and its length is usually greater than its breadth.
"Atlantic Monthly Vol. 6, No. 33, July, 1860" by Various
Stratus clouds (N.-E. almost calm); 8 A.M., raining gently; 3 P.M., stratus passing off to S; 8 P.M., clear, pleasant.
"Outlines of a Mechanical Theory of Storms" by T. Bassnett
Do you see that layer of cirro-stratus clouds?
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
Is the stratus of the upper regions of the atmosphere, heavier looking than the cirrus, but not so heavy as the stratus.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
When they appear in wet weather, they quickly pass into the cirro-stratus.
"The Rain Cloud or, An Account of the Nature, Properties, Dangers and Uses of Rain" by Anonymous
Through openings in these clouds an upper layer of cirro-stratus or alto-stratus may almost invariably be seen.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
The rain cloud is called the nimbus, and may be said to be the extension of a cumulo-stratus.
"Nature's Miracles, Volume 1" by Elisha Gray
It is but a cumulus, or a stratus, or cirro-stratus dissolving in snow or rain.
"The Philosophy of the Weather" by Thomas Belden Butler
The day was clear so far, but a band of stratus hung low over the western hills.
"The Year When Stardust Fell" by Raymond F. Jones
Fog is often formed in this way, which we call stratus cloud when it rises above us.
"Sounding the Ocean of Air" by A. Lawrence Rotch
But this stratus is too high for that classification and so they call it alto-stratus.
"Reading the Weather" by Thomas Morris Longstreth
Cities: Argos Amphilochicum, and Stratus.
"A Manual of Ancient History" by A. H. L. (Arnold Hermann Ludwig) Heeren

In news:

A coastal stratus recently drifts over the Santa Lucia mountains between Atascadero and Morro Bay.
Trish Stratus News Archive from SmackDown.
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Red Owl Tavern, Stratus Rooftop Lounge.
Survivors include her husband, George Stratus .
Stratus liner in recycled glass with metallic finish by Oceanside Glasstile, 760-929-4000.
Trish Stratus News Archive from Raw.
Trish Stratus News Archive from WWE Superstars.
Trish Stratus News Archive from Rhodes and Holly golden on Raw's 15th Anniversary.
Appareo Introduces Stratus Weather App.
" Stratus ' rock solid uptime assurance lets us confidently support more stores and new functionality," says Sheetz spokesperson.
Case studies from Stratus Technologies, Procter & Gamble, and GoldenGate Software, all of which replaced or enhanced their meetings by going virtual, with great ROI.
Stratus Avance Protects Workloads via Virtualization.
Stratus Server Keeps Critical Transactions Running.
ASICS refers to the Stratus ' highly-sculpted midsole as "unstructured" and "decoupled.

In science:

Marine stratus depends strongly on boundary layer processes which is are not represented well in all models.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
It was moved from Cornell University to Isis Distributed Systems, a subsidiary of Stratus Computer, Inc. in 1993 where it was sold as a product for five years.
Cluster Computing White Paper
On the other hand, the fountain with a spray of T-T96, predicts a stratus of dense, highly metallic and perhaps molecular droplets interspersed in the galactic ISM, wherever it had rained.
Enrichment of the ISM by metal-rich droplets and the abundance bias in HII regions
Let M be the global budget allocated to the computation of E[F (X )] and Mi = qiM the budget allocated to compute E[F (Xi )] in each stratus.
The Nystr\"om method for functional quantization with an application to the fractional Brownian motion