at·​mo·​spher·​ic ˌat-mə-ˈsfir-ik How to pronounce atmospheric (audio)
: of, relating to, or occurring in the atmosphere
atmospheric dust
: resembling the atmosphere : airy
: having, marked by, or contributing aesthetic or emotional atmosphere
an atmospheric inn
also : marked by an emphasis on impression or tone
atmospherically adverb

Example Sentences

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Word History


atmosphere + -ic entry 1

First Known Use

1722, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of atmospheric was in 1722

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Cite this Entry

“Atmospheric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


at·​mo·​spher·​ic ˌat-mə-ˈsfi(ə)r-ik How to pronounce atmospheric (audio)
: of or relating to the atmosphere
atmospheric pressure
atmospherically adverb

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