at·​mo·​spher·​ic | \ ˌat-mə-ˈsfir-ik How to pronounce atmospheric (audio) , -ˈsfer- \

Definition of atmospheric

1a : of, relating to, or occurring in the atmosphere atmospheric dust
b : resembling the atmosphere : airy
2 : having, marked by, or contributing aesthetic or emotional atmosphere an atmospheric inn also : marked by an emphasis on impression or tone

Other Words from atmospheric

atmospherically \ ˌat-​mə-​ˈsfir-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce atmospheric (audio) , -​ˈsfer-​ \ adverb

Examples of atmospheric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Palisades Tahoe and Mammoth Mountain, to the south of Lake Tahoe, had both kicked off their winter seasons early due to a massive storm fed by an atmospheric river late last month. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2021 The atmospheric river will largely disintegrate by late Friday, never really reaching the southwest coast of Oregon. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 The atmospheric river flooded low-lying streets throughout the Bay Area, bringing swift relief to a region under threat from wildfires for many months. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Nov. 2021 But this atmospheric river was different, said Armel Castellan, a meteorologist with the weather service at Environment and Climate Change Canada. New York Times, 21 Nov. 2021 The flooding was caused by an atmospheric river that lingered for two days, inundating the region with rain on the heels of more than a week of rapid snow accumulation in the nearby North Cascades. NBC News, 20 Nov. 2021 The rains were caused by an atmospheric river — a huge plume of moisture extending over the Pacific and into Washington and Oregon. Lisa Baumann, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Nov. 2021 An atmospheric river has prompted school evacuations and road closures in the Pacific Northwest. Abbey Monsour, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2021 Following days of extreme wind and rain, brought on an atmospheric river aimed at the Pacific Northwest, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a severe weather emergency on Monday. Maria Pasquini,, 16 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of atmospheric

1722, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for atmospheric

atmosphere + -ic entry 1

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28 Nov 2021

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“Atmospheric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of atmospheric

: of or relating to the atmosphere of the Earth or another planet
: creating a pleasant or exciting mood or feeling


at·​mo·​spher·​ic | \ ˌat-mə-ˈsfir-ik How to pronounce atmospheric (audio) , -ˈsfer- \

Kids Definition of atmospheric

: of or relating to the atmosphere atmospheric gases

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