atmospheric

adjective
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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Other Words from atmospheric

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 Winds by then could reach 65 mph, too weak to be considered hurricane-force, said atmospheric research scientist Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University. NBC News, "Eta could produce torrential rain, strong wind for South Florida," 6 Nov. 2020 The illustrations rely on calculations yielded by a tool developed by atmospheric chemist Jose-Luis Jimenez of the University of Colorado Boulder, and colleagues. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, "Coronavirus News Roundup, October 24-October 30," 30 Oct. 2020 But as computers have gotten more powerful, the calculations can begin earlier in the storm’s life, says Chia-Ying Lee, an atmospheric scientist at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Hurricane path forecasts have much improved. Are they as good as they can get?," 23 Oct. 2020 Prather, an atmospheric chemist and professor at the University of California San Diego, coauthored a letter on airborne transmission of the coronavirus that was published this week in Science Magazine. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Plexiglass at VP debate won't keep candidates safe, health experts warn. Masks might.," 8 Oct. 2020 For almost all of human history, the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide stuck at about two hundred and seventy-five parts per million, meaning that the planet’s energy balance was essentially unchanged. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Mild End to a Minnesota September While More Tropical Systems Threat," 17 Sep. 2020 For almost all of human history, the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide stuck at about two hundred and seventy-five parts per million, meaning that the planet’s energy balance was essentially unchanged. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "How Fast Is the Climate Changing?: It’s a New World, Each and Every Day," 3 Sep. 2020 Alabama State Climatologist John Christy, also a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, said scientists simply don’t know if warming is impacting the jet stream. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Stalling hurricanes like Sally may be linked to climate change," 15 Oct. 2020 Other factors, such as atmospheric conditions, like the nudging effects of solar radiation, limit precision. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Russian and Chinese spacecrafts could collide in space junk super-spreader," 15 Oct. 2020

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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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15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Atmospheric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atmospheric. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for atmospheric

atmospheric

adjective
How to pronounce atmospheric (audio)

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

atmospheric

adjective
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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