barometric pressure


Definition of barometric pressure

: the pressure of the atmosphere usually expressed in terms of the height of a column of mercury

Examples of barometric pressure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Photosensitivity is another one of my main triggers, as is barometric pressure. Lauren Mendoza, Glamour, 23 Feb. 2022 And as the temperatures drop, so, too, do the barometric pressure and oxygen levels. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Feb. 2022 Or boiling point in chemistry, barometric pressure in meteorology, basis point in finance, bench press in weightlifting. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Apr. 2022 In particular, Newport Fancher says barometric pressure changes, which result in air pressure shifts as the weather fluctuates, can trigger migraine attacks. Natasha Lavender, SELF, 11 Mar. 2022 That big drop in barometric pressure can be enough to trigger my migraine. Lauren Mendoza, Glamour, 23 Feb. 2022 The team also used air pressure as a proxy for weather—barometric pressure going up usually means clear weather is on the horizon, while lowering pressure may mean a storm or rain. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 13 Dec. 2021 Drastic changes in heat, humidity, wind, and barometric pressure may be a migraine trigger for some people, according to the American Headache Society. Sara Lindberg, SELF, 2 Dec. 2021 Instead of focusing exclusively on the technicalities of barometric pressure, for example, the agency now also explains that under certain conditions, small trees may be uprooted or windows may shatter. New York Times, 22 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of barometric pressure

1804, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of barometric pressure was in 1804

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19 Jun 2022

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“Barometric pressure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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