[ at-muh s-feer ]
/ ˈæt məsˌfɪər /


verb (used with object), at·mos·phered, at·mos·pher·ing.

to give an atmosphere to: The author had cleverly atmosphered the novel for added chills.

Nearby words

  1. atmolysis,
  2. atmometer,
  3. atmometry,
  4. atmophile,
  5. atmos clock,
  6. atmospheric,
  7. atmospheric braking,
  8. atmospheric electricity,
  9. atmospheric engine,
  10. atmospheric inversion

Origin of atmosphere

From the New Latin word atmosphaera, dating back to 1630–40. See atmo-, -sphere

Related formsat·mos·phere·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for atmosphere


/ (ˈætməsˌfɪə) /


Derived Formsatmospheric or atmospherical, adjectiveatmospherically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for atmosphere


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Medicine definitions for atmosphere


[ ătmə-sfîr′ ]


A gas surrounding a given body; a gaseous medium.
A unit of pressure equal to the air pressure at sea level, approximately equal to 1.01325 X 105 newtons per square meter.

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Science definitions for atmosphere


[ ătmə-sfîr′ ]

The mixture of gases surrounding the Earth or other celestial body, held in place by gravity. It forms distinct layers at different heights. The Earth's atmosphere consists, in ascending order, of the troposphere (containing 90% of the atmosphere's mass), the stratosphere, the mesosphere, the thermosphere, and the exosphere. The atmosphere is composed primarily of nitrogen (78%) and oxygen (21%) and plays a major role in the water cycle, the nitrogen cycle, and the carbon cycle. See more at exosphere mesosphere stratosphere thermosphere troposphere.
A unit of pressure equal to the pressure of the air at sea level, about 14.7 pounds per square inch, or 1,013 millibars.
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Culture definitions for atmosphere


The blanket of gas on the surface of a planet or satellite.


The atmosphere of the Earth is roughly eighty percent nitrogen and twenty percent oxygen, with traces of other gases. (See ionosphere, stratosphere, and troposphere.)

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