noun[usually in singular]
- 1The envelope of gases surrounding the earth or another planet: part of the sun’s energy is absorbed by the earth’s atmosphereMore example sentences
- So, trapped in the musty atmosphere of planet earth, they appear clumsy and fragile.
- What happens to the charged particles which came from the sun after they hit the atmosphere of the earth?
- During this time it will be collecting images of the surface and collating information about the atmosphere surrounding the Red Planet.
- 1.1The air in any particular place: we couldn’t breathe in the dusty atmosphere of his apartmentMore example sentences
- The air was stale and the dusty atmosphere was enough to make all of them hesitant to breathe.
- Dusty atmosphere and physical exertions are extremely harmful for heart patients.
- To replace some of the moisture that central heating takes out of the atmosphere, hang a damp towel over a radiator or place a bowl of water next to one.
- 1.2 (abbreviation: atm) Physics A unit of pressure equal to mean atmospheric pressure at sea level, 101,325 pascals.More example sentences
- Furthermore, our measurements of 10 atm of adhesion pressure strongly contradict the suction hypothesis.
- In the dilution stage, however, the internal pressure stays the same while the external pressure drops to zero, resulting in a pressure difference of 104 atm.
- A Langevin piston was used to maintain the pressure at 1 atm.
- 2The pervading tone or mood of a place, situation, or work of art: the hotel is famous for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere this crisis further compounded the prevailing atmosphere of gloomMore example sentences
- Soothing music playing in the background created a relaxing atmosphere, setting the tone for the evening.
- An atmosphere of pervading gloom hung in the air.
- Such festivals attract large groups of young people together in an atmosphere of welcome, adventure and celebration.
- 2.1A pleasurable and interesting or exciting mood: a superb restaurant, full of atmosphereMore example sentences
- I know people who have done small city marathons and given up, because it had no atmosphere and they lost interest.
- Nothing can prepare you for the passion, atmosphere, humour, hatred and complete lack of interest in the quality of football that the majority of fans display.
- Buckner's interests move more toward atmosphere than concrete content, yet he never veers off too far into inscrutability or vagaries.
mid 17th century: from modern Latin atmosphaera, from Greek atmos 'vapor' + sphaira 'ball, globe'.