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atmospheric

[at-muh s-fer-ik, -feer-] /ˌæt məsˈfɛr ɪk, -ˈfɪər-/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, existing in, or consisting of the atmosphere:
atmospheric vapors.
2.
caused by, produced by, or operated on by the atmosphere:
atmospheric storms.
3.
resembling or suggestive of the atmosphere; having muted tones and softened or indistinct outlines; hazy:
atmospheric effects.
4.
having or producing an emotional atmosphere:
atmospheric quality; atmospheric lighting.
Also, atmospherical.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; atmosphere + -ic
Related forms
atmospherically, adverb
nonatmospheric, adjective
nonatmospherical, adjective
nonatmospherically, adverb
unatmospheric, adjective
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Examples from the web for atmospheric
  • atmospheric pressure is the weight of the atmosphere overhead.
  • Today, these gases are used to produce polypropylene, thus drastically reducing atmospheric pollution.
  • Freshly boiled, because long cooking renders it flat and insipid to taste on account of escape of its atmospheric gases.
  • According to climatologists, atmospheric instability eventually influences geological stability.
  • But other companies are leaving their satellites up or are counting on atmospheric drag to bring them down.
  • At the same time an atmospheric wave also started around the globe.
  • The potential of using home design, relaxing music, and other atmospheric cues to diet goes beyond vanity.
  • Additionally, more atmospheric moisture nourishes heavy snowfalls.
  • The captured greenhouse gases can then be sequestered underground where they can't contribute to atmospheric warming.
  • Another theory held that auroras were actually atmospheric phenomena, that is to say, weather of a particular type.
Word Origin and History for atmospheric
adj.

1783, from atmosphere + -ic. In a sense of "creating a mood or mental environment" it is from 1908. Atmospherics "disturbances in wireless communication" is from 1905.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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