Stress

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stress

Generally, a surface force, measured per unit area.

In meteorology the term refers to some particular component of the stress tensor evident from the context, often to a Reynolds stress, -
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, where ρ is the density, u′ and w′ are eddy velocities, and the overbar indicates a time average.
See also surface friction, pressure, shearing stress.

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