[at-muh s-fer-iks, -feer-]
- (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.
- (used with a singular verb) the study of such phenomena; sferics.
- (used with a plural verb) mood or atmosphere; ambience: The atmospherics of the conference were cordial.
Origin of atmospherics
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Examples from the Web for atmospherics
Never mind that some of the atmospherics are shaky, like the white Christmas, for example.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
One might say (ahem) that in Beijing on Wednesday the atmospherics were everything.Obama and Xi Jinping Say They’ll Work Together to Save Environment
November 12, 2014
One political observer summed up the atmospherics: “It looks like two guys drinking lemonade with the sugar left out.”Beijing’s ‘Star Trek’ APEC Summit
November 11, 2014
It feels like you delight in the atmospherics, but you want to stay away from the violence.The American Prophet of Delusion: Robert Stone in Conversation
November 15, 2013
- electrical disturbances produced in the atmosphere by natural causes such as lightning
- radio interference, heard as crackling or hissing in receivers, caused by electrical disturbance
- 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.
- The radio interference produced by this electromagnetic radiation.
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