humidity

noun
hu·​mid·​i·​ty | \ hyü-ˈmi-də-tē How to pronounce humidity (audio) , yü- \
plural humidities

Definition of humidity

: a moderate degree of wetness especially of the atmosphere — compare relative humidity

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Examples of humidity in a Sentence

the humidity of the region It's not the heat that will get you—it's the humidity. The temperature is 67 degrees with humidity at 75 percent. an area of low humidity
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Recent Examples on the Web Humans can’t survive prolonged high heat and humidity beyond certain thresholds. Greg Ip, WSJ, "For the Economy, Climate Risks Are No Longer Theoretical," 16 Jan. 2020 The chemical can deteriorate over time when exposed to high heat and humidity and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister and hurling shrapnel. CBS News, "Takata recalls 10 million more potentially lethal air bag inflators," 9 Jan. 2020 The chemical can deteriorate over time when exposed to high heat and humidity and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister and hurling shrapnel. Tom Krisher, Cincinnati.com, "Takata recalls 10M airbags from Honda, Toyota, Ford, Audi and more," 9 Jan. 2020 The recalls were scheduled based on the age of the vehicles and their locations, with vehicles registered farther south, exposed to heat and humidity, being recalled sooner. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "10 Million More Takata Airbags Recalled from 14 Automakers," 8 Jan. 2020 Weed scientists in Arkansas and other states say all formulations of dicamba, including new versions by Bayer and other companies, have a tendency in summer heat and humidity to move off target hours or days after application. Stephen Steed, Arkansas Online, "Decision on plant panel hits state law," 20 Dec. 2019 And a 2015 study found that coastal cities in the Middle East will see a rise in events with both high heat and humidity. Peter Schwartzstein, Scientific American, "Climate Change May Be Blowing Up Arms Depots," 14 Nov. 2019 Alaskan Yellow Cedar Popular with local builders because of its ability to withstand extreme heat and humidity, this wood has a clean, modern look. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Tour a Minimalist's Dream Vacation House in Hawaii," 14 Oct. 2019 Lows range from about 60 to the mid-60s as humidity remains near the moderate end. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Full-on fall today, then somewhat warmer Sunday into Monday," 5 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of humidity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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9 Feb 2020

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“Humidity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humidity. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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humidity

noun
How to pronounce humidity (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of humidity

: moisture in the air : the amount of moisture in the air

humidity

noun
hu·​mid·​i·​ty | \ hyü-ˈmi-də-tē How to pronounce humidity (audio) , yü- \
plural humidities

Kids Definition of humidity

: the degree of wetness especially of the atmosphere

humidity

noun
hu·​mid·​i·​ty | \ hyü-ˈmid-ət-ē, yü- How to pronounce humidity (audio) \
plural humidities

Medical Definition of humidity

: a moderate degree of wetness especially of the atmosphere — see absolute humidity, relative humidity

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