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

Examples of atmospheric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a more sophisticated tipple, head to Manetta, the atmospheric, art deco basement bar at the Fleming hotel in Mayfair. Washington Post, "London offers winter warmers with a festive flavor," 9 Dec. 2019 They're also involved in the ownership of Buenavista Mexican Cantina, an atmospheric, happening Hampton Cove spot, with other locations including Madison and Scottsboro. Matt Wake |, al, "Local Mexican restaurant coming soon to downtown Huntsville," 18 Nov. 2019 The theater, itself, is richly atmospheric, offering its patrons a fine assortment of theater, movies, and music – as well as a homey bar., "Irish theater wasn’t coming here, so I went there. Here’s why you should go, too. - The Boston Globe," 18 Sep. 2019 Multiple data streams enable receivers in aircraft to compensate for atmospheric effects that might otherwise degrade accuracy. William Harwood, CBS News, "Rocket launches GPS satellite into orbit for U.S. Air Force," 22 Aug. 2019 Clouds, fog and other atmospheric effects naturally change the look and feel of the world. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Real-time ray tracing is coming to Minecraft on Windows 10, and it looks stunning," 19 Aug. 2019 Its editorial line acted as a kind of barometer of liberal conventional wisdom, responding to the atmospheric pressure of world events. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, "The World The Economist Made," 17 Dec. 2019 Another barometer of a storm’s intensity is its atmospheric pressure. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Typhoons, Cyclones, and Hurricanes: Naming the World's Most Powerful Storms," 2 Dec. 2019 His duties were mainly instrumental: taking readings of temperature, atmospheric pressure, and so forth. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Fanciful Flamboyance of “The Aeronauts”," 29 Nov. 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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The first known use of atmospheric was in 1722

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Atmospheric.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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