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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from atmospheric

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

Examples of atmospheric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Why is the lighting (designed by James Farncombe) so dim — way beyond anything that could be called atmospheric — that just peering into the play becomes exhausting? Toby Zinman,, "London theater: 'Macbeth' at National Theatre: Murky, unintelligible, nonsensical," 10 May 2018 For one thing, rocket engines perform better in the low pressure and reduced atmospheric drag found at those altitudes. NBC News, "World's biggest plane, Stratolaunch, marks another key milestone," 27 Feb. 2018 Are these atmospheric conditions as scary as their names make them sound? National Geographic, "Bomb Cyclones and Polar Vortexes—This Winter's Scary Weather Explained," 3 Jan. 2018 Geologic and historic evidence indicate that climate change has been happening repeatedly, long before humans were generating measurable levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and soot. WSJ, "Debating the Carbon Tax Dividend Strategy," 24 Jan. 2019 Fyre is more atmospheric and cinematic than Fyre Fraud, which has more meta-analysis and outsider commentary (for example, from New Yorker critic Jia Tolentino) on what Fyre means in our current economic and sociopolitical moment. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Which Fyre Festival Documentary Should You Watch: Hulu or Netflix?," 15 Jan. 2019 Climeworks has been in the business of collecting atmospheric carbon dioxide for a few years now. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "New Facility Aims to Convert 150 Tons of CO2 to Natural Gas Per Year," 5 Oct. 2018 Carbon storage, or sequestration, has been seen as one possible solution to the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide. Martin Finucane,, "Researchers say they can capture carbon dioxide from the air — and recycle it back into fuel," 7 June 2018 Doing so, the French argue, could completely halt the buildup of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Moises Velasquez-manoff, New York Times, "Can Dirt Save the Earth?," 18 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'atmospheric.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of atmospheric

1722, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for atmospheric

atmosphere + -ic entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about atmospheric

Share atmospheric

Statistics for atmospheric

Last Updated

13 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for atmospheric

The first known use of atmospheric was in 1722

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for atmospheric



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on atmospheric

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with atmospheric

Spanish Central: Translation of atmospheric

Nglish: Translation of atmospheric for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of atmospheric for Arabic Speakers

Comments on atmospheric

What made you want to look up atmospheric? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to set apart or to segregate

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!