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atmospheric

[ at-muhs-fer-ik, -feer- ]
/ ˌæt məsˈfɛr ɪk, -ˈfɪər- /
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adjective

pertaining to, existing in, or consisting of the atmosphere: atmospheric vapors.
caused by, produced by, or operated on by the atmosphere: atmospheric storms.
resembling or suggestive of the atmosphere; having muted tones and softened or indistinct outlines; hazy: atmospheric effects.
having or producing an emotional atmosphere: atmospheric quality; atmospheric lighting.

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Origin of atmospheric

First recorded in 1775–85; atmosphere + -ic

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