plural noun
at·​mo·​spher·​ics | \ ˌat-mə-ˈsfir-iks How to pronounce atmospherics (audio) , -ˈsfer-\

Definition of atmospherics

1 : audible disturbances produced in radio receiving apparatus by atmospheric electrical phenomena (such as lightning) also : the electrical phenomena causing these disturbances
2 : actions (such as official statements) intended to create or suggest a particular atmosphere or mood in politics and especially international relations also : the mood so created or suggested
3 : realistic detail added (as to a literary work) to create a mood

First Known Use of atmospherics

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for atmospherics

atmospher(ic) + -ics

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about atmospherics

Statistics for atmospherics

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for atmospherics

The first known use of atmospherics was in 1891

See more words from the same year

Comments on atmospherics

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


to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

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!