Definitions for Biosphereˈbaɪ əˌsfɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bi•o•sphereˈbaɪ əˌsfɪər(n.)

  1. the part of the earth's crust, waters, and atmosphere that supports life.

    Category: Ecology

  2. the ecosystem comprising the entire earth and the living organisms that inhabit it.

    Category: Ecology

Origin of biosphere:

1895–1900; < G Biosphӓre; see bio -, -sphere

bi`o•spher′ic-ˈsfɛr ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. biosphere(noun)

    the regions of the surface and atmosphere of the Earth (or other planet) where living organisms exist

Wiktionary

  1. biosphere(Noun)

    the part of the Earth and its atmosphere capable of supporting life

  2. biosphere(Noun)

    the totality of living organisms and their environment

Freebase

  1. Biosphere

    The biosphere is the global sum of all ecosystems. It can also be called the zone of life on Earth, a closed, and self-regulating system. From the broadest biophysiological point of view, the biosphere is the global ecological system integrating all living beings and their relationships, including their interaction with the elements of the lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. The biosphere is postulated to have evolved, beginning through a process of biogenesis or biopoesis, at least some 3.5 billion years ago. In a broader sense; biospheres are any closed, self-regulating systems containing ecosystems; including artificial ones such as Biosphere 2 and BIOS-3; and, potentially, ones on other planets or moons.

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