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 Eucerin Roughness Relief Spot Treatment Like the scalp, heels also fall victim to winter’s chill and lack of humidity. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "Skin care bestsellers 2020: Most purchased skin care products we covered," 30 Dec. 2020 Dry, cracked skin on your hands, feet, and lips are signs of the drying effect of low winter humidity. Tim Macwelch, Popular Science, "10 winter survival tips everyone should know," 15 Dec. 2020 Like the experience of wearing shoes that grasp your feet with the gentlest of embraces, or the feeling of humidity on your face, but in a cream that also glazes your cheekbones. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Pharrell Dives Into the Beauty Business," 12 Nov. 2020 Still just that hint of humidity (dew points near 60 to the low 60s). Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Partly sunny and warm through Saturday, perhaps a few showers this weekend," 21 Oct. 2020 Cal Fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said the wind was part of the problem, but more so the lack of humidity. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "Glass Fire is latest blaze to explode at night. Does time of day affect how fast a fire spreads?," 28 Sep. 2020 Fire danger from a combination of low humidity and strong east winds prompted the closure. oregonlive, "BLM-developed recreation sites in NW Oregon closed due to 'extreme’ fire danger; state parks have fire ban statewide," 8 Sep. 2020 Lower levels of humidity in winter tend to dry out and irritate the mucous membranes in our nose and mouth. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Beware: Fall and winter could be a friend to COVID-19, experts say," 31 Aug. 2020 This May, a follow up study from Columbia concluded that potentially fatal combinations of humidity and heat are already beginning to emerge across the globe. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Should we name heat waves like we name hurricanes?," 6 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of humidity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of humidity was in the 15th century

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12 Jan 2021

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“Humidity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humidity. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for humidity

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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