atmospheric

adjective
at·​mo·​spher·​ic | \ ˌat-mə-ˈsfir-ik How to pronounce atmospheric (audio) , -ˈsfer- \

Definition of atmospheric

1a : of, relating to, or occurring in the atmosphere atmospheric dust
b : resembling the atmosphere : airy
2 : having, marked by, or contributing aesthetic or emotional atmosphere an atmospheric inn also : marked by an emphasis on impression or tone

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Other Words from atmospheric

atmospherically \ ˌat-​mə-​ˈsfir-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce atmospheric (audio) , -​ˈsfer-​ \ adverb

Examples of atmospheric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mendoza, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the U., noted that in the early days of the pandemic, pollution levels dropped for a time, because people couldn’t travel in fuel-burning vehicles. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Aug. 2021 Adam Dessler, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University, said that everything that traps heat, such as refrigerants used in cooling units, contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. NBC News, 21 July 2021 Following Elsa’s progression, atmospheric scientist Phil Klotzbach of the Colorado State University and his team upgraded their predictions for the 2021 hurricane season to a more active forecast. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 July 2021 Wind can whip up dust from the dry lakebed laced with naturally occurring arsenic, said Kevin Perry, a University of Utah atmospheric scientist. Arkansas Online, 10 July 2021 Winds can whip up dust from the dry lakebed that is laced with naturally occurring arsenic, said Kevin Perry, a University of Utah atmospheric scientist. Lindsay Whitehurst, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 July 2021 Daniel Cohan, an atmospheric scientist at Rice University, said the emissions reductions measures should be implemented because of their potential to protect public health. Morgan O'hanlon, Dallas News, 1 July 2021 This Bureau of Labor and Statistics website provides a host of information on jobs, trends and outlooks in the atmospheric sciences. Marshall Shepherd, Forbes, 30 May 2021 There were an average of 11 named storms each year in the Atlantic between 1951 and 2020, according to Lian Xie, professor of marine, earth and atmospheric sciences at N.C. State. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of atmospheric

1722, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for atmospheric

atmosphere + -ic entry 1

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“Atmospheric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atmospheric. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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atmospheric

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of atmospheric

: of or relating to the atmosphere of the Earth or another planet
: creating a pleasant or exciting mood or feeling

atmospheric

adjective
at·​mo·​spher·​ic | \ ˌat-mə-ˈsfir-ik How to pronounce atmospheric (audio) , -ˈsfer- \

Kids Definition of atmospheric

: of or relating to the atmosphere atmospheric gases

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