Definition of stratus in English:

stratus

Pronunciation /ˈstrɑːtəs/ /ˈstreɪtəs/

noun

mass noun
  • Cloud forming a continuous horizontal grey sheet, often with rain or snow.

    ‘the weather was lousy, with low stratus and poor visibility’
    as modifier ‘stratus cloud’
    • ‘In summer, Arctic Ocean packice cover is incomplete and heavily puddled, which maintains a constant layer of stratus and stratocumulus cloud cover.’
    • ‘The sky, a gloomy purple, was overlapped by stratus sheets of blue-black clouds.’
    • ‘The first sign that this is occurring would be the sight of a bank of Cirrus, followed by a bank of medium level clouds, and then thicker stratus clouds.’
    • ‘Unless you count the fact that they can be cumulus, stratus, cirrus, or nimbus.’
    • ‘Gray-brown stratus clouds in the upper atmosphere flew at high speed as though the planet was racked by a perpetual storm.’
    • ‘A shelf of stratus clouds appeared just to the south and for a while it wasn't clear this was the reason for the call of zero lift.’
    • ‘However in winter low stratus or fog could persist for days, or even weeks in extreme cases.’
    • ‘The gray layer of stratus has returned, contingent with the cook-fires of the enemy.’
    • ‘A high and light layer of stratus obscured the sun but the visibility overall was excellent.’

Origin

Early 19th century modern Latin, from Latin, literally ‘strewn’, past participle of sternere.

Pronunciation

stratus

/ˈstrɑːtəs/ /ˈstreɪtəs/