Atmosphere 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. [1913 Webster]

An atmosphere of cold oxygen. --Miller. [1913 Webster]

2. A supposed medium around various bodies; as, electrical atmosphere, a medium formerly supposed to surround electrical bodies. --Franklin. [1913 Webster]

3. The pressure or weight of the air at the sea level, on a unit of surface, or about 14.7 lbs. to the sq. inch. [1913 Webster]

Hydrogen was liquefied under a pressure of 650 atmospheres. --Lubbock. [1913 Webster]

4. Any surrounding or pervading influence or condition. [1913 Webster]

The chillest of social atmospheres. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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