atmospherically

atmospheric

[at-muhs-fer-ik, -feer-]
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:
1775–85; atmosphere + -ic

atmospherically, adverb
nonatmospheric, adjective
nonatmospherical, adjective
nonatmospherically, adverb
unatmospheric, adjective
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atmosphere (ˈætməsˌfɪə)
 
n
1.  troposphere stratosphere mesosphere See also ionosphere the gaseous envelope surrounding the earth or any other celestial body
2.  the air or climate in a particular place: the atmosphere was thick with smoke
3.  a general pervasive feeling or mood: an atmosphere of elation
4.  the prevailing tone or mood of a novel, symphony, painting, or other work of art
5.  a special mood or character associated with a place
6.  any local gaseous environment or medium: an inert atmosphere
7.  at, Abbreviation: atm a unit of pressure; the pressure that will support a column of mercury 760 mm high at 0°C at sea level. 1 atmosphere is equivalent to 101 325 newtons per square metre or 14.72 pounds per square inch
 
atmos'pheric
 
adj
 
atmos'pherical
 
adj
 
atmos'pherically
 
adv

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