atmosphere

noun
at·​mo·​sphere | \ ˈat-mə-ˌsfir How to pronounce atmosphere (audio) \

Definition of atmosphere

1a : 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)
5a : the overall aesthetic effect of a work of art
b : an intriguing or singular tone, effect, or appeal an inn with atmosphere

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Other Words from atmosphere

atmosphered \ -​ˌsfird How to pronounce atmosphered (audio) \ adjective

Examples of atmosphere in a Sentence

Experts have noticed changes in the atmosphere. Meteoroids burn up as they pass through Earth's atmosphere. The planets have different atmospheres. a country inn with lots of atmosphere The food was good but the restaurant has no atmosphere.
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Its surface is scarred, charred and dented, only slightly worse for wear for having hit the Earth’s atmosphere at more than 24,000 miles per hour on July 24, 1969. David Shribman, latimes.com, "50 years after Apollo 11, the moon’s allure still resonates," 11 July 2019 Here’s an example of a basic question that animates how elementary students learn under NGSS, in this case about how water circulates in the earth’s atmosphere: Where do puddles go? David Holahan, courant.com, "Connecticut Science Center: Where learning is fun and serious business, too," 11 July 2019 Its surface is scarred, charred and dented, only slightly worse for wear for having hit the Earth’s atmosphere at more than 24,000 miles per hour on July 24, 1969. David Shribman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: 50 years after Apollo 11, the moon’s allure still resonates," 11 July 2019 In recent years, extreme river floods have begun happening with increasing frequency as the spring rains arrive earlier each year as the atmosphere warms. Eric Holthaus, The New Republic, "New Orleans Braces for a One-Two Weather Punch," 10 July 2019 The royal mothers, who both made appearances at the premiere Grand Slam tournament last week, enjoy the sportsmanship and atmosphere that make Wimbledon one of the world’s most premiere athletic events. Michelle Tauber, PEOPLE.com, "How to Do Wimbledon Like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle: The Ultimate Insiders’ Guide," 9 July 2019 The Old-World shopping venue, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, features 27 unique boutiques, eateries, and galleries in a European-themed village atmosphere. al.com, "Take a luxury camping trip to the Great Smoky Mountains," 9 July 2019 There is a family atmosphere within the stadium, a feeling of unity, and that sense of belonging can be partly attributed to the number of La Masia graduates that have led Barça squads down the years. SI.com, "La Masia: Ranking the 10 Greatest Graduates From Barcelona's Legendary Academy," 8 July 2019 Fairings come in two halves, acting as the point of the rocket needed for its aerodynamic exit of Earth’s atmosphere. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "SpaceX video shows Falcon Heavy fairing return to Earth," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of atmosphere

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for atmosphere

earlier in Latinate form atmo-sphæra, from Greek atmós "steam, vapor" (probably contracted from aetmós, of uncertain origin) + -o- -o-+ Latin sphaera sphere entry 1

Note: The word atmo-sphæra was apparently introduced by the English clergyman and natural philosopher John Wilkins (1614-72) in The Discovery of a World in the Moone (London, 1638), p. 138: "Proposition 10. That there is an Atmo-sphæra, or an orbe of grosse vaporous aire, immediately encompassing the body of the Moone."

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atmosphere

noun

English Language Learners 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

atmosphere

noun
at·​mo·​sphere | \ ˈat-mə-ˌsfir How to pronounce atmosphere (audio) \

Kids Definition of atmosphere

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

atmosphere

noun
at·​mo·​sphere | \ ˈat-mə-ˌsfi(ə)r How to pronounce atmosphere (audio) \

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

Other Words from atmosphere

atmospheric \ ˌat-​mə-​ˈsfi(ə)r-​ik, -​ˈsfer-​ How to pronounce atmospheric (audio) \ adjective

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