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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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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Widely considered the lightning capital of the U.S. for its sheer density of flashes, the state's heat, humidity and sea breezes from its dual coasts make severe weather events more likely. Scottie Andrew And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "A motorcyclist is killed by a bolt of lightning in Florida," 10 June 2019 Through Sunday afternoon, the North Bay hills had a red-flag warning in effect, which indicated a higher fire risk due to warm temperatures, very low humidity and strong winds. Joseph Geha, The Mercury News, "Bay Area heat to reach triple digits Monday, raising fire and health risks," 9 June 2019 The warning came as forecasters issued the year's first red flag warning of high fire danger because of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures in portions of the Central Valley and areas north of San Francisco. Fox News, "PG&E shuts power to some to lower wildfire risks," 8 June 2019 The warning came as forecasters issued the year's first red flag warning of high fire danger because of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures in portions of the Central Valley and areas north of San Francisco. NBC News, "California utility blamed for wildfires cutting power to some customers to reduce risk," 8 June 2019 Without the moderating influences of a large ocean, Middle America is subject to wild swings in temperature, humidity and precipitation. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Hate to break it to you, but you're already not watering your garden enough," 7 June 2019 The recipe for tornadoes always includes heat, humidity and wind shear. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to know about the F5 tornado that destroyed 90% of a Wisconsin town in 1984," 29 May 2019 Weather refers to atmospheric conditions that occur in one area over short periods of time, while climate refers to the long-term regional or even global average of things like temperature, humidity and rainfall patterns. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About the Climate Change March," 14 Mar. 2019 Correction: This story initially said that 850nm lasers did relatively better in rain and fog, but the advantages of 850nm lasers are actually for high humidity in the atmosphere. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why millions of lasers on a chip could be the future of lidar," 8 Nov. 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 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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