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What does humidity mean?
Humidity is the state of air when it’s full of water vapor.
Humidity is the noun form of the adjective humid, which is used to describe moist air—air that’s full of water vapor.
Humidity is most commonly used in reference to weather or the general climate of a place, especially when the temperature is hot.
Example: The humidity here in summertime is almost unbearable.
Where does humidity come from?
The first records of the word humidity come from the 1300s. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb (h)ūm(ēre), meaning “to be moist.”
Humidity does, indeed, boil down to moistness—it’s the moistness of the air around you. There are other words for this, like mugginess, but humidity is the most formal (and common) one. Humidity is almost always used to refer to the state of moist air that is also hot—it typically wouldn’t be used to refer to air that’s moist and cold (this is more likely to be referred to as dampness).
Meteorologists (weather scientists) measure humidity in a few different ways. You’ve probably heard them use the term relative humidity, which is the ratio of the actual amount of water vapor in the air (at a given temperature) to the maximum amount that the air could hold at that temperature. Relative humidity is expressed as a percentage—the higher the number, the higher the humidity. Tropical rainforests, for example, have a relative humidity of around 80 percent or higher most of the time. Absolute humidity, on the other hand, is the amount of water vapor that is present in a particular volume of air.
People tend to complain about heat and humidity. There’s a reason it’s uncomfortable. We use sweat to cool off, and humidity prevents evaporation, so when it’s humid out, we can’t cool off as well. This is what people mean when they say, “It’s not the heat—it’s the humidity.”
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What are some other forms related to humidity?
- humid (adjective)
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How is humidity used in real life?
Humidity is used by both meteorologists and laypeople. Most people find humidity uncomfortable, and people often complain about it.
Check on your friends in Florida the humidity down here is DESPICABLE 🥵
— motherducker (@houseandhens) May 26, 2020
Right on cue with the "unofficial start to summer", we turn up the heat and humidity this week. Does this make you 😍 or 😞? pic.twitter.com/8IrexcULk5
— Michelle Muscatello (@michmuscatello) May 26, 2020
— Kelly O'Connell (@kellymoconnell) May 25, 2020
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Is humidity used correctly in the following sentence?
The humidity is making the air so dry.
Example sentences from the Web for humidity
After testing, the researchers showed that the air’s humidity — water content — had been powering the setup.
The company has developed an attachment for air-conditioning systems that uses these materials to reduce the humidity in the air before it goes into a standard unit.Air conditioning technology is the great missed opportunity in the fight against climate change|James Temple|September 1, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Six instruments distributed across the neck, body and interior will measure air temperature, air pressure, humidity, radiation and wind speed and direction.NASA’s Perseverance rover will seek signs of past life on Mars|Lisa Grossman|July 28, 2020|Science News
What’s more, he points out, “The challenge is not just to take up water from humid air, but to do it at low humidity, too.”
They exposed their aluminum-based MOF to outdoor air with humidity as low as 10 percent.
In the desert, an unbelievable humidity emerges when standing near water sources.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fall and early summer are the ideal times to visit, in-between the bitter winters and the humidity of the hot August nights.
The unit features three unlabeled controls, as well as a digital display of the current temperature and humidity.
Dehydration, in heat and humidity as well as dry winter weather, is a major headache trigger.Why Everything from Frigid Temperatures to Lightning Can Induce Migraines|Caitlin Dickson|January 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When Moore was little, the two would spend almost all of August at Disney World, braving the humidity and crowds.‘Escape From Tomorrow’: Making Disney’s Worst Nightmare|Marlow Stern|October 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As all parts of this apparatus are of metal changes in humidity or temperature do not affect its regulation.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
The humidity of the earth had rusted the screws, and it was not without some difficulty that the coffin was opened.Camille (La Dame aux Camilias)|Alexandre Dumas, fils
As camels live in the desert they must keep smelling the air to find out its humidity.Kari the Elephant|Dhan Gopal Mukerji
The great humidity gives rise to many diseases, particularly fevers, and the alternations from heat to damp cause dysentery.
In the cold season its weight increases by the absorption of humidity.
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The amount of water vapor in the air. Humidity is measured in two ways: (1) Absolute humidity is the percentage of water vapor actually present in the air. (2) Relative humidity is the absolute humidity divided by the amount of water that could be present in the air. Relative humidity indicates the degree of comfort or discomfort one feels from the humidity, because it indicates the amount of perspiration that can evaporate from the skin.