follow Dictionary.com

Get our exclusive Word of the Day images!

atmospherics

[at-muh s-fer-iks, -feer-] /ˌæt məsˈfɛr ɪks, -ˈfɪər-/
noun
1.
(used with a plural verb) Radio and Television. noise in a radio receiver or randomly distributed white spots or bands on the screen of a television receiver, caused by interference from natural electromagnetic disturbances in the atmosphere.
2.
(used with a singular verb) the study of such phenomena; sferics.
3.
(used with a plural verb) mood or atmosphere; ambience:
The atmospherics of the conference were cordial.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; see atmospheric, -ics
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for atmospherics'

atmospherics

/ˌætməsˈfɛrɪks/
plural noun
1.
electrical disturbances produced in the atmosphere by natural causes such as lightning
2.
radio interference, heard as crackling or hissing in receivers, caused by electrical disturbance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
atmospherics' in Science
atmospherics
  (āt'mə-sfîr'ĭks)   
  1. Electromagnetic radiation that is in the same range as radio frequencies and is produced by natural phenomena (such as lightning) and interferes with radio communications.

  2. The radio interference produced by this electromagnetic radiation.


The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for atmospherics

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for atmospherics

21
0
Scrabble Words With Friends