at·​mo·​spher·​ic | \ˌat-mə-ˈsfir-ik, -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 \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Its roots are elsewhere, in the atmospheric, almost literary horror produced by Britain’s Hammer Films in the 1950s and 1960s, and in the gritty, unsettling docu-realism of the New York underground cinema scene. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Silent Night, Bloody Night is the perfect streaming slasher for Halloween fans," 20 Oct. 2018 Umbrella makers are all around in London, but none are as atmospheric as Swaine Adeney Brigg, squeezed into an arcade off of Piccadilly near the rococo shop windows at Fortnum & Mason. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, "What to Do in London When it Pours," 23 Aug. 2018 And in 2017, a music video was made by Regina Spektor inside the ghostly but atmospheric building, revealing to a new, younger generation what was hidden behind the barriers to entry. Chris Jones,, "Uptown Theatre will be restored: $75 million plan unveiled for grand palace on North Side," 28 June 2018 This is a disturbing and atmospheric book, if a flawed one. The Economist, "Rachel Kushner goes behind bars," 24 May 2018 That’s important to note, because these oceanic and atmospheric patterns may change under the influence of future climate change. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Greenland Is Melting Faster Than at Any Time in the Last 400 Years," 30 Mar. 2018 The postmodern building, converted in 1988, is rambling but atmospheric. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Museums in Sydney," 23 Mar. 2018 The methane study, spearheaded by JPL atmospheric scientist Chris Webster, is also intriguing for astrobiologists. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Newest NASA discoveries could boost search for ancient life on Mars," 8 June 2018 Certainly there’s one clear physical link, said Christina Patricola, an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who was not involved in the study. Amina Khan,, "Hurricanes and typhoons are slowing down, which means more time to do damage," 6 June 2018

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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, -ˈsfer-\

Kids Definition of atmospheric

: of or relating to the atmosphere atmospheric gases

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