Definitions for: Atmosphere


[n] 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"
[n] the mass of air surrounding the Earth; "there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere"
[n] the envelope of gases surrounding any celestial body
[n] a unit of pressure: the pressure that will support a column of mercury 760 mm high at sea level and 0 degrees centigrade
[n] the weather or climate at some place; "the atmosphere was thick with fog"
[n] a particular environment or surrounding influence; "there was an atmosphere of excitement"



Webster (1913) Definition: At"mos*phere, n. [Gr. ? vapor (akin to Skr.
[=a]tman breath, soul, G. athem breath) + ? sphere: cf. F.
atmosph[`e]re. See Sphere.]
1. (Physics)
(a) The whole mass of a["e]riform fluid surrounding the
earth; -- applied also to the gaseous envelope of any
celestial orb, or other body; as, the atmosphere of
Mars.
(b) Any gaseous envelope or medium.

An atmosphere of cold oxygen. --Miller.

2. A supposed medium around various bodies; as, electrical
atmosphere, a medium formerly supposed to surround
electrical bodies. --Franklin.

3. 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.

Hydrogen was liquefied under a pressure of 650
atmospheres. --Lubbock.

4. Any surrounding or pervading influence or condition.

The chillest of social atmospheres. --Hawthorne.

5. 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.

Synonyms: air, ambiance, ambience, atm, atmospheric state, aura, standard atmosphere, standard pressure

See Also: air mass, airspace, anticyclone, atmospheric condition, condition, cyclone, Earth, exosphere, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, fog, fogginess, gas, genius loci, globe, gloom, gloominess, glumness, ionosphere, look, mesosphere, miasma, murk, murkiness, mystique, note, part, pressure unit, quality, region, s.t.p., smell, spirit, status, STP, stratosphere, thermosphere, tone, troposphere, vibes, vibrations, vibrations, weather, weather condition, world

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