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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Air pollution regulators said the conditions were likely to produce an atmospheric inversion that would increase ground-level ozone, which is linked to a host of respiratory troubles ranging from trouble breathing to asthma attacks. CBS News, "Southern California heat wave breaks records," 6 July 2018 However, in recent weeks, warming waters in the Pacific have hinted that an El Niño weather pattern may form, which would produce upper atmospheric winds that could help tamp down the ferocity of storms in the Atlantic. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Tropical Storm Beryl is forecast to become a hurricane, but that's not expected to last long," 5 July 2018 But the ripely atmospheric transplant of Bizet's Carmen from early-19th-century southern Spain to World War II-era America, with an all-black cast, was a commercial and critical hit, running for 503 performances plus return engagements. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Carmen Jones': Theater Review," 28 June 2018 The first flash of lightning may offer the dazzle and the peril, but the thunder announces the scale of this atmospheric drama: a gigantic boom that fills the sky and your ears. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "A Crash Course in Summer Thunderstorms," 27 June 2018 Wright, Smith and Shack were joined by cellist Darius Skoraczewski and bass Tim Dilenschneider for a dynamic account of the clever, atmospheric piece. Tim Smith,, "BSO New Music Festival filled with eclectic works, electric performances," 26 June 2018 The final pattern features a trough, or a region of somewhat low atmospheric pressure, across the East that would provide cooler and generally wetter conditions than average. Dave Epstein,, "What’s the weather going to be like the rest of the summer?," 6 July 2018 Temperatures are a more tolerable 170 degrees F, and atmospheric pressure is similar to that on Earth. NBC News, "NASA has a plan to let humans soar above the clouds on Venus," 5 June 2018 That the Sibelius and Britten performances tended to be atmospheric and amorphous may have been of necessity. Mark Swed,, "Becoming John Luther Adams: The evolution of one of America's hottest composers," 3 May 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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