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Definition of "atmospheric" []

  • Of, relating to, or existing in the atmosphere. (adjective)
  • Produced by, dependent on, or coming from the atmosphere. (adjective)
  • Resembling or representing the atmosphere; having or giving the effect of translucence: a painting suffused with a hazy, atmospheric glow. (adjective)
  • Intended to evoke a particular emotional tone or aesthetic quality: lush atmospheric touches in every room. (adjective)
  • Wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum that can be transmitted through the earth's atmosphere. Atmospheric windows occur in the visible, infrared, and radio regions of the spectrum (noun)

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Use "atmospheric" in a sentence
  • "First schedule is to start doing what we call an atmospheric drop test, taking it up to a high altitude and letting it go and then piloting it down to make sure that the vehicle has all the necessary characteristics to allow to act as a piloted vehicle."
  • "Even that data is suspect at the claimed resolutions due to the variabilityies of the satellite orbits due to variations in atmospheric drag, solar wind, etc. affecting orbits."
  • "The issue is how far down the road do we wish to continue the negative deline in atmospheric quality before we act."