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Meaning of geostrophic wind

ge'ostroph'ic wind'

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  1. a wind whose velocity and direction are mathematically defined by the balanced relationship of the pressure gradient force and the Coriolis force: conceived as blowing parallel to isobars. Cf. gradient wind.
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