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

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By increasing atmospheric temperature, greenhouse gases can also cause drought and heat waves, ripening conditions for wildfires. nola.com, "White House blocks intelligence agency’s written warning on climate change," 8 June 2019 By increasing atmospheric temperature, greenhouse gases can also cause drought and heat waves, ripening conditions for wildfires. Author: Juliet Eilperin, Josh Dawsey, Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "White House blocked intelligence agency’s written testimony on climate change," 8 June 2019 By increasing atmospheric temperature, greenhouse gases can also cause drought and heat waves, ripening conditions for wildfires. Josh Dawsey, BostonGlobe.com, "White House blocked intelligence agency’s written testimony on climate change," 8 June 2019 Even up until the late 19th century, doctors tried to explain malaria’s cycling with atmospheric temperature. Quanta Magazine, "The Body’s Clock Offers a Rhythmic Target to Viruses," 30 May 2019 Part of what makes these paintings not grotesque and yet difficult to pin down is that the scenes are gently atmospheric. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, "Impossible Pictures," 18 Apr. 2019 There was more pollution in the summer; the scientists monitored atmospheric levels of chemicals, including nitrates and sulphates, in addition to microbes. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Ahh, summer—ramlibacter season," 14 Nov. 2018 Meteorologists are basically physicists—we’re atmospheric scientists. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "What’s a Forensic Meteorologist? ‘I Call It CSI for the Weather’," 18 Jan. 2019 Instead of only displaying the time, the WSD-F30 can also show sensor data, such as atmospheric pressure and altitude, like other Pro Trek outdoor watches. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Casio’s newest outdoor Wear OS watch is its smallest and longest-lasting one yet," 29 Aug. 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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The first known use of atmospheric was in 1722

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atmospheric

adjective

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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