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

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

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There was more pollution in the summer; the scientists monitored atmospheric levels of chemicals, including nitrates and sulphates, in addition to microbes. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Ahh, summer—ramlibacter season," 14 Nov. 2018 Meteorologists are basically physicists—we’re atmospheric scientists. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "What’s a Forensic Meteorologist? ‘I Call It CSI for the Weather’," 18 Jan. 2019 Instead of only displaying the time, the WSD-F30 can also show sensor data, such as atmospheric pressure and altitude, like other Pro Trek outdoor watches. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Casio’s newest outdoor Wear OS watch is its smallest and longest-lasting one yet," 29 Aug. 2018 Sure, the planet's surface is famously inhospitable today — bone-dry and hot enough to melt lead, with an atmospheric pressure 90 times greater than that of Earth at sea level. Mike Wall,, "Life on Venus? Why It's Not an Absurd Thought," 16 Apr. 2018 Her first resort in the region is the Hotel San Cristóbal, a 32-room beachfront boutique hotel about 45 minutes north of Cabo San Lucas on an atmospheric stretch of desert dotted with elephant cacti. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to the Baja Peninsula," 29 Mar. 2019 And sure enough, a large atmospheric wave formed that looked a lot like the real one. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Huge wave in Venus’ clouds changes the length of a day," 22 June 2018 When the shadow moves away, the air heats up again, and this rapid cooling and heating creates atmospheric waves in the upper atmosphere that move at supersonic speeds. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The August Eclipse Created Supersonic Waves in the Atmosphere," 27 Dec. 2017 Weather refers to atmospheric conditions that occur in one area over short periods of time, while climate refers to the long-term regional or even global average of things like temperature, humidity and rainfall patterns. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About the Climate Change March," 14 Mar. 2019

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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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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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