atmospheric
adjective Date: circa 1735 1. a. of, relating to, or occurring in the atmosphere <
atmospheric dust
>
b. resembling the atmosphere ; airy 2. having, marked by, or contributing aesthetic or emotional atmosphere <
an atmospheric inn
>
; also marked by an emphasis on impression or tone <
an atmospheric biography
>
atmospherically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • atmospheric — at•mos•pher•ic [[t]ˌæt məsˈfɛr ɪk, ˈfɪər [/t]] also at mos•pher′i•cal adj. 1) mer pertaining to, existing in, produced by, or consisting of the atmosphere: atmospheric storms[/ex] 2) resembling or suggestive of the atmosphere; softened and muted; …   From formal English to slang

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