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Dictionary Definition

cirrus

Noun

1 usually coiled [syn: cirrhus]
2 a wispy white cloud (usually of fine ice crystals) at a high altitude (4 to 8 miles) [syn: cirrus cloud]
3 a slender flexible animal appendage as on barnacles or crinoids or many insects; often tactile [also: cirri (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From cirrus ‘curl’.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈsɪɹəs/, /"sIr@s/
    Rhymes: -ɪrəs

Noun

  1. A tendril.
  2. A thin tendril-like appendage.
  1. A principal high-level cloud type characterised by white, delicate filaments or wisps, of white (or mostly white) patches, or of narrow bands, found at an altitude of above 7000 metres.

Translations

cloud

Extensive Definition

Cirrus can refer to:
cirrus in German: Cirrus
cirrus in Korean: 시러스
cirrus in Dutch: Cirrus

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Cloudcuckooland, alto-cumulus, alto-stratus, animal fiber, anvil cloud, artificial fiber, banner cloud, billowy cloud, cap cloud, capillament, cilium, cirro-cumulus, cirro-fillum, cirro-nebula, cirro-stratus, cirro-velum, cirrus cloud, cirrus haze, cirrus stripe, cloud, cloud band, cloud bank, cloud drift, cloud mass, cloud street, cloudland, cloudling, cloudscape, cobweb, cocktail, coil, corkscrew, cottony cloud, cumulo-cirro-stratus, cumulo-cirrus, cumulo-nimbus, cumulo-stratus, cumulus, cumulus cloud, curl, curl cloud, curlicue, denier, evolute, fiber, fibrilla, filament, filamentule, flagellum, fleecy cloud, fractocumulus, gossamer, gyre, hair, hank, helix, high fog, involute, kink, mackerel sky, mammatocumulus, mushroom cloud, nimbus, nimbus cloud, rain cloud, ringlet, roll, screw, scroll, scud, skein, snail cloud, spiral, squall cloud, storm cloud, strand, strato-cumulus, stratus, stratus cloud, suture, swirl, tendril, thread, threadlet, thundercloud, thunderhead, twirl, twist, volute, volution, vortex, water carrier, web, whirl, whorl, woolpack
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