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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When there’s little humidity in the air or lots of dry heat at home, the moisture in our skin evaporates more quickly and causes dry and chapped lips. Talia Abbas, SELF, "We Asked Derms How to Keep Dry Lips Moisturized During Winter and Here’s What They Told Us," 11 Dec. 2018 In two hours, the temperature rose 30°F while the humidity dropped from 75 percent to 13 percent. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What is going on with California’s horrific fires?," 13 Nov. 2018 By contrast, Pacala told us, a lidar that can work at 850nm despite the existence of solar background noise will deliver solid performance in a wide range of humidity levels. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why millions of lasers on a chip could be the future of lidar," 8 Nov. 2018 But in fact, masks are some of the most effective ways to sink high levels of moisture into the skin—a good thing as seasonal humidity levels fall and complexions tend to become tight and flaky. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "10 Face Masks for Happier Skin Right Now," 28 Sep. 2018 Contact lenses Airplanes are notoriously dry environments, boasting minimal humidity. Micaela English, Town & Country, "19 Things You Should Never Wear While Traveling," 1 Oct. 2018 Morgan and Erin say space, lighting, and humidity are three crucial things to take into consideration while plant shopping. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "4 Ingenious Secrets To Keeping Plants Alive—And Thriving," 28 Sep. 2018 Temperatures and humidity rose and fell—and Fashion Week turned into a game of wardrobe switch-ups. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "The Best Fall Jackets, Straight From the Streets at New York Fashion Week," 14 Sep. 2018 Its sensors can assess the level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon dioxide in the air, in addition to standard humidity. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The Cortana-powered GLAS thermostat has more beauty than brains," 29 Aug. 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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