humidity

noun
hu·mid·i·ty | \ hyü-ˈmi-də-tē , yü- \
plural humidities

Definition of humidity 

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

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Synonyms for humidity

Synonyms

damp, dampness, moistness, moisture

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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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Rasch did note that the lower temperatures and higher humidity can also be helpful for fighting fires. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Why was Sacramento suddenly cloudy this morning? Blame Fabio, weather experts say," 6 July 2018 Northern New Jersey is under an excessive heat warning Tuesday, with temperatures in Carteret exceeding 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) and humidity around 60 percent. Fortune, "This Heat Wave's So Bad It's Even Slowing Down U.S. Stock Trades," 3 July 2018 Nearly 100 million people from the Great Plains to the East Coast are experiencing hot temperatures and high humidity. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Oppressive heat, high humidity grip Chicago," 29 June 2018 The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create dangerous conditions where heat illnesses are likely. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Dangerous, prolonged heat expected in Kansas City metro area into the weekend," 28 June 2018 According to scientists at Titleist who studied the effects of altitude, temperature, and humidity on golf ball performance, your golf ball will fly farther in higher elevations. Discover Magazine, "5 Reasons Why Golfing in the Mountains Is Ideal," 25 June 2018 Though temperatures climbed to the upper 80s across most of the metro area Thursday afternoon, humidity levels remained comfortable for July. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Rise in humidity ups chance of thunderstorms," 13 July 2018 The sun’s shining, humidity levels are on the upswing, and bugs are zipping through the air. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "CNET: Get Fired Up About These New Gas Grills," 11 July 2018 While it was considered a weak storm system, Rasch said leftover clouds from Fabio have traveled north, keeping temperatures cooler in the Sacramento area and increasing humidity levels by 10 to 15 percent. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Why was Sacramento suddenly cloudy this morning? Blame Fabio, weather experts say," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of humidity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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humidity

noun

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 , 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- \
plural humidities

Medical Definition of humidity 

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

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