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atmosphere

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noun at·mo·sphere \ˈat-mə-ˌsfir\

Simple Definition of atmosphere

  • : the whole mass of air that surrounds the Earth

  • : a mass of gases that surround a planet or star

  • : the air in a particular place or area

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of atmosphere

  1. 1 a :  the gaseous envelope of a celestial body (as a planet) b :  the whole mass of air surrounding the earth

  2. 2 :  the air of a locality

  3. 3 :  a surrounding influence or environment <an atmosphere of hostility>

  4. 4 :  a unit of pressure equal to the pressure of the air at sea level or approximately 14.7 pounds per square inch (101,325 pascals)

  5. 5 a :  the overall aesthetic effect of a work of art b :  an intriguing or singular tone, effect, or appeal <an inn with atmosphere>

atmosphered

play \-ˌsfird\ adjective

Examples of atmosphere in a sentence

  1. Experts have noticed changes in the atmosphere.

  2. Meteoroids burn up as they pass through Earth's atmosphere.

  3. The planets have different atmospheres.

  4. a country inn with lots of atmosphere

  5. The food was good but the restaurant has no atmosphere.



Origin and Etymology of atmosphere

New Latin atmosphaera, from Greek atmos vapor + Latin sphaera sphere


First Known Use: 1677

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ATMOSPHERE Defined for Kids

atmosphere

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noun at·mo·sphere \ˈat-mə-ˌsfir\

Definition of atmosphere for Students

  1. 1 :  the whole mass of air that surrounds the earth

  2. 2 :  the gas surrounding a heavenly body (as a planet) <The atmosphere of Mars is made up mostly of carbon dioxide.>

  3. 3 :  the air in a particular place

  4. 4 :  a surrounding influence or set of conditions <an atmosphere of excitement>




Medical Dictionary

atmosphere

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noun at·mo·sphere \ˈat-mə-ˌsfi(ə)r\

Medical Definition of atmosphere

  1. 1:  the whole mass of air surrounding the earth

  2. 2:  the air of a locality

  3. 3:  a unit of pressure equal to the pressure of the air at sea level or to 101,325 pascals or to approximately 14.7 pounds per square inch

atmospheric

\ˌat-mə-ˈsfi(ə)r-ik, -ˈsfer-\play adjective




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