atmosphere

noun at·mo·sphere \ ˈat-mə-ˌsfir \

Definition of atmosphere

1 a :the gaseous envelope of a celestial body (such as a planet)
b :the whole mass of air surrounding the earth
2 :the air of a locality
  • the stuffy atmosphere of the waiting room
3 :a surrounding influence or environment
  • an atmosphere of hostility
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 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.

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Origin and Etymology of atmosphere

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

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ATMOSPHERE Defined for Kids

atmosphere

noun at·mo·sphere \ ˈat-mə-ˌsfir \

Definition of atmosphere for Students

1 :the whole mass of air that surrounds the earth
2 :the gas surrounding a heavenly body (as a planet)
  • The atmosphere of Mars is made up mostly of carbon dioxide.
3 :the air in a particular place
4 :a surrounding influence or set of conditions
  • an atmosphere of excitement

Medical Dictionary

atmosphere

noun at·mo·sphere \ ˈat-mə-ˌsfi(ə)r \

medical Definition of atmosphere

1 :the whole mass of air surrounding the earth
2 :the air of a locality
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

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


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