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

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That provides an estimate of the number, weight, size and shape—and therefore potential harmfulness—of pieces that atmospheric friction will not reduce to dust. The Economist, "No one has yet been killed by re-entering space junk," 10 Aug. 2019 Eventually, Senft would like to sample at least four beaches every quarter, looking not only at trash but also atmospheric deposition and stormwater runoff sources of plastic. Kat Kerlin, The Mercury News, "Microplastics discovered at Lake Tahoe," 8 Aug. 2019 The covers that Kawaguchi posts from time to time on his Instagram -- ranging from G-Dragon to Adele to Tamaki -- also showcase his atmospheric vocals. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Japan's Reiji Kawaguchi Debuts With Hope-Filled EP Featuring 'Despacito' Writer," 7 Aug. 2019 For five years, the researchers looked at atmospheric characteristics and narrowed the locations to Chile, Mexico, and Mauna Kea. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Why Protesters Don't Want a Giant Telescope Atop This Hawaiian Volcano," 6 Aug. 2019 Checking In The El Convento Hotel, a converted convent dating back to the 1600s at 100 Calle del Cristo, is an atmospheric option for extending a visit to Old San Juan, and its rooftop plunge pool can't be beat for a sunset dip. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Spend 72 Hours in San Juan, Puerto Rico," 6 Aug. 2019 Global emissions reached a record high last year, and so did atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Air travel is a huge contributor to climate change. A new global movement wants you to be ashamed to fly.," 1 Aug. 2019 It’s created when the solar wind strips electrons from atmospheric gasses, turning them into ions. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve," 16 July 2019 The album incorporates a potent emphasis on national recordkeeping while maintaining the sultry, atmospheric quality that Burna’s early records had established. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Musician Pushing the Boundaries of African Pop," 26 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce atmospheric (audio) , -ˈsfer-\

Kids Definition of atmospheric

: of or relating to the atmosphere atmospheric gases

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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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