From New Latin synopticus, from Ancient Greek συνοπτικός (sunoptikos, “seeing the whole together or at a glance”), from σύνοψις (sunopsis, “a general view, synopsis”), from σύν (sun, “with”) + ὄψις (opsis, “view”).
- Of, or relating to a synopsis
- In general, pertaining to or affording an overall view. In meteorology, this term has become somewhat specialized in referring to the use of meteorological data obtained simultaneously over a wide area for presenting a comprehensive and nearly instantaneous picture of the state of the atmosphere. Thus, to a meteorologist, synoptic takes the additional connotation of simultaneity.
- (Meteorology) synoptic *scale* refers to weather or climatological patterns on the order or 1000 kilometres, or on the order of days or weeks (e.g. high pressure cells, or storm tracks).
- synoptic in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- synoptic in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- synoptic at OneLook Dictionary Search
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