What does atmosphere mean?

Definitions for atmosphere
ˈæt məsˌfɪərat·mos·phere

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. atmosphere, ambiance, ambiencenoun

    a particular environment or surrounding influence

    "there was an atmosphere of excitement"

  2. standard atmosphere, atmosphere, atm, standard pressurenoun

    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, airnoun

    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 statenoun

    the weather or climate at some place

    "the atmosphere was thick with fog"

  5. atmospherenoun

    the envelope of gases surrounding any celestial body

  6. air, aura, atmospherenoun

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. atmospherenoun

    The gases surrounding the Earth or any astronomical body.

  2. atmospherenoun

    The air in a particular place.

  3. atmospherenoun

    The mood or feeling in a situation.

  4. atmospherenoun

    A unit of measurement for pressure (symbol: atm)

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Atmospherenoun

    The exteriour part of this our habitable world is the air, or atmosphere; a light, thin, fluid, or springy body, that encompasses the solid earth on all sides. John Locke

    Etymology: ἄτμος, vapour, and σφαῖϱα, a sphere.

    It is generally supposed to be about forty-five miles high.
    Immense the whole excited atmosphere
    Impetuous rushes o’er the sounding world. James Thomson, Aut.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Atmospherenoun

    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. Atmospherenoun

    any gaseous envelope or medium

  3. Atmospherenoun

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

  4. Atmospherenoun

    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. Atmospherenoun

    any surrounding or pervading influence or condition

  6. Atmospherenoun

    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

  7. Etymology: [Gr. vapor (akin to Skr. tman breath, soul, G. athem breath) + sphere: cf. F. atmosphre. See Sphere.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Atmosphere

    at′mo-sfēr, n. the gaseous envelope that surrounds the earth or any of the heavenly bodies: any gaseous medium: a conventional unit of atmospheric pressure: (fig.) any surrounding influence.—adjs. Atmospher′ic, -al, of or depending on the atmosphere.—adv. Atmospher′ically.—Atmospheric engine, a variety of steam-engine in which the steam is admitted only to the under side of the piston; Atmospheric hammer, a hammer driven by means of compressed air; Atmospheric railway, a railway where the motive-power is derived from the pressure of the atmosphere acting on a piston working in an iron tube of uniform bore. [Gr. atmos, air, sphaira, a sphere.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. atmosphere

    The ambient air, or thin elastic fluid which surrounds the globe, and gradually diminishing in gravity rises to an unknown height, yet by gravitation partakes of all its motions.

Editors Contribution

  1. atmosphere

    The air in a specific location.

    The atmosphere was calm, moderate and peaceful.


    Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2020  

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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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of atmosphere in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of atmosphere in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of atmosphere in a Sentence

  1. Novak Djokovic:

    They were so loud, they were engaged, sometimes a little bit too much, it was a Davis Cup-like atmosphere.

  2. Ryan Maue:

    The combined flow at all levels of atmosphere was directed from the Atlantic over the Arctic and into Siberia, thus, warmer and moister marine air from Atlantic traveled over the Pole and raised temps to near or at freezing for a few hours. However, the warm advection event was short lived and temps are closer to normal well below 0.

  3. Gareth Collins:

    The asteroid strike unleashed an incredible amount of climate-changing gases into the atmosphere, triggering a chain of events that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. This was likely worsened by the fact that it struck at one of the deadliest possible angles.

  4. Michael Wong:

    Scientists track lightning because it is a marker of convection, the turbulent mixing process that transports Jupiter's internal heat up to the visible cloud tops, ongoing studies of lightning sources will help us understand how convection on Jupiter is different from or similar to convection in the Earth's atmosphere.

  5. Zhang Chunxian:

    The atmosphere for religious extremism has weakened markedly.

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