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[at-muh s-fer-ik, -feer-]
  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.
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Also at·mos·pher·i·cal.

Origin of atmospheric

First recorded in 1775–85; atmosphere + -ic
Related formsat·mos·pher·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·at·mos·pher·ic, adjectivenon·at·mos·pher·i·cal, adjectivenon·at·mos·pher·i·cal·ly, adverbun·at·mos·pher·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for atmospherically

Historical Examples of atmospherically

  • It is not the season, either politically or atmospherically.

    America To-day, Observations and Reflections

    William Archer

  • But as soon as they crossed the Alps into Germany they breathed raw air, politically as well as atmospherically.

  • The day we evacuated it was atmospherically the most glorious that we enjoyed upon our whole trip.

  • To be atmospherically vague is one thing; to be haphazard, wanton and untruthful, quite another.

  • It was one of those evenings, serenely luminous, amply and atmospherically still, when the river bend was at its best.

Word Origin and History for atmospherically



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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper