Definitions for atmosphereˈæt məsˌfɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

at•mos•phereˈæt məsˌfɪər(n.)

  1. the gaseous envelope surrounding the earth or a heavenly body; the air.

    Category: Physics

  2. any gaseous envelope or medium.

    Category: Chemistry

  3. a conventional unit of pressure, the normal pressure of the air at sea level, about 14.7 pounds per square inch, equal to the pressure exerted by a column of mercury 29.92 in. (760 mm) high.

    Category: Physics

    Ref: Abbr.: atm. 2 1

  4. a surrounding or pervading mood, environment, or influence:

    an atmosphere of tension.

  5. the dominant mood or tone of a work of art, as of a play or novel.

    Category: Literature

  6. a distinctive quality, as of a place; character.

Origin of atmosphere:

1630–40; < NL atmosphaera. See atmo -, -sphere

Princeton's WordNet

  1. atmosphere, ambiance, ambience(noun)

    a particular environment or surrounding influence

    "there was an atmosphere of excitement"

  2. standard atmosphere, atmosphere, atm, standard pressure(noun)

    a unit of pressure: the pressure that will support a column of mercury 760 mm high at sea level and 0 degrees centigrade

  3. atmosphere, air(noun)

    the mass of air surrounding the Earth

    "there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere"; "it was exposed to the air"

  4. atmosphere, atmospheric state(noun)

    the weather or climate at some place

    "the atmosphere was thick with fog"

  5. atmosphere(noun)

    the envelope of gases surrounding any celestial body

  6. air, aura, atmosphere(noun)

    a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing

    "an air of mystery"; "the house had a neglected air"; "an atmosphere of defeat pervaded the candidate's headquarters"; "the place had an aura of romance"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. atmosphere(noun)ˈætməsfˌɪr

    the mood of a place

    a relaxed atmosphere; an atmosphere of trust

  2. atmosphereˈætməsfˌɪr

    the air around the earth

    the earth's atmosphere

Wiktionary

  1. atmosphere(Noun)

    The gases surrounding the Earth or any astronomical body.

  2. atmosphere(Noun)

    The air in a particular place.

  3. atmosphere(Noun)

    The mood or feeling in a situation.

  4. atmosphere(Noun)

    A unit of measurement for pressure (symbol: atm)

  5. Origin: From atmosphaera, from ἀτμός + σφαῖρα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Atmosphere(noun)

    the whole mass of aeriform fluid surrounding the earth; -- applied also to the gaseous envelope of any celestial orb, or other body; as, the atmosphere of Mars

  2. Atmosphere(noun)

    any gaseous envelope or medium

  3. Atmosphere(noun)

    a supposed medium around various bodies; as, electrical atmosphere, a medium formerly supposed to surround electrical bodies

  4. Atmosphere(noun)

    the pressure or weight of the air at the sea level, on a unit of surface, or about 14.7 Ibs. to the sq. inch

  5. Atmosphere(noun)

    any surrounding or pervading influence or condition

  6. Atmosphere(noun)

    the portion of air in any locality, or affected by a special physical or sanitary condition; as, the atmosphere of the room; a moist or noxious atmosphere

Freebase

  1. Atmosphere

    An atmosphere is a layer of gases surrounding a material body of sufficient mass that is held in place by the gravity of the body. An atmosphere is more likely to be retained if the gravity is high and the atmosphere's temperature is low. Earth's atmosphere, which contains oxygen used by most organisms for respiration and carbon dioxide used by plants, algae and cyanobacteria for photosynthesis, also protects living organisms from genetic damage by solar ultraviolet radiation. Its current composition is the product of billions of years of biochemical modification of the paleoatmosphere by living organisms. The term stellar atmosphere describes the outer region of a star, and typically includes the portion starting from the opaque photosphere outwards. Relatively low-temperature stars may form compound molecules in their outer atmosphere.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Atmosphere

    The gaseous envelope surrounding a planet or similar body. (From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed)

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Atmosphere

    (a) A term applied to the atmospheric pressure as a practical unit of pressure equal to 15 lbs. to the square inch as generally taken. It is really about 14.7 lbs. per square inch, or 1,033 grams per square centimeter. (b) Air, q. v.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'atmosphere' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2124

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'atmosphere' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3135

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'atmosphere' in Nouns Frequency: #932


Translations for atmosphere

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

atmosphere(noun)

the air surrounding the earth

The atmosphere is polluted.

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