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atmospheric Syllabification: at·mos·pher·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌatməsˈfirik/

Definition of atmospheric in English:


1Of or relating to the atmosphere of the earth or (occasionally) another planet: atmospheric conditions such as fog, snow, rain
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  • Air pressure is an important factor which affects the resulting atmospheric climate conditions.
  • Oceans are playing a very vital role in maintaining the atmospheric balance of the earth.
  • The main advantage of nuclear power plants is that they do not cause atmospheric pollution.
2Creating a distinctive mood, typically of romance, mystery, or nostalgia: atmospheric lighting
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  • Moody, atmospheric guitars create a mood of contemplation without ever going too wildly off the track.
  • Working from his farmhouse studio at Over Ridge, he creates his atmospheric motoring images using acrylic and pastel.
  • Lots of lovely thick oil paint smeared in heavy layers onto the canvas creates dark and hugely atmospheric landscapes.



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  • They also sought out Rasmus Nielson, a Danish audio designer, to produce an atmospherical soundscape and bring forth an appropriate ambience to their artwork.
  • Rhale had also said that their sensors had picked up signs of intense atmospherical turbulence elsewhere on the barren gravelly plains.


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  • The interaction between a number of complex, intriguingly developed characters is set against the unusual beauty of remote locations atmospherically captured in steely colours.
  • In the 1800s malaria was considered the product of vegetable decomposition - that is, an environmentally induced and atmospherically transmitted disease.
  • Century atmospherically recreates London at this watershed moment, reflecting the complex mood of the time, caught between excitement and anxiety at the birth of a new century.

Words that rhyme with atmospheric

alphanumeric, chimeric, cleric, climacteric, congeneric, Derek, derrick, Eric, esoteric, exoteric, ferric, generic, hemispheric, Herrick, Homeric, hysteric, mesmeric, numeric, skerrick, spheric, stratospheric

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