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

Examples of atmospheric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web El Niño is predicted to give way to La Niña and create more favorable atmospheric conditions for storms to thrive. Ella Nilsen, CNN, 10 June 2024 Their goal was to see how those aerosols behave in different atmospheric conditions. Christopher Flavelle, New York Times, 10 June 2024 The moon's color can vary depending on atmospheric conditions such as dust, haze or pollution in the air. Tiffany Acosta, The Arizona Republic, 22 May 2024 The tropics have an atmospheric circulation pattern called the Walker Circulation, named after Sir Gilbert Walker, an English physicist in the early 20th century. Pedro Dinezio, Discover Magazine, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for atmospheric 

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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 21 Jun. 2024.

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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