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ATMOSPHERE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does atmosphere mean? 

ATMOSPHERE (noun)
  The noun ATMOSPHERE has 6 senses:

1. a particular environment or surrounding influence
2. a unit of pressure: the pressure that will support a column of mercury 760 mm high at sea level and 0 degrees centigrade
3. the mass of air surrounding the Earth
4. the weather or climate at some place
5. the envelope of gases surrounding any celestial body
6. a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing

  Familiarity information: ATMOSPHERE used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ATMOSPHERE (noun)


Sense 1atmosphere [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A particular environment or surrounding influence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

ambiance; ambience; atmosphere

Context example:

there was an atmosphere of excitement

Hypernyms ("atmosphere" is a kind of...):

condition; status (a state at a particular time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "atmosphere"):

genius loci (the special atmosphere of a place)

gloom; gloominess; glumness (an atmosphere of depression and melancholy)

miasm; miasma (an unwholesome atmosphere)

feel; feeling; flavor; flavour; look; smell; spirit; tone (the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people)

vibe; vibration (a distinctive emotional atmosphere; sensed intuitively)


Sense 2atmosphere [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A unit of pressure: the pressure that will support a column of mercury 760 mm high at sea level and 0 degrees centigrade

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

atm; standard pressure; standard atmosphere; atmosphere

Hypernyms ("atmosphere" is a kind of...):

pressure unit (a unit measuring force per unit area)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "atmosphere"):

s.t.p.; STP (standard temperature and pressure)


Sense 3atmosphere [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The mass of air surrounding the Earth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

atmosphere; air

Context examples:

there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere / it was exposed to the air

Hypernyms ("atmosphere" is a kind of...):

part; region (the extended spatial location of something)

Meronyms (parts of "atmosphere"):

air space; airspace (the space in the atmosphere immediately above the earth)

ionosphere (the outer region of the Earth's atmosphere; contains a high concentration of free electrons)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "atmosphere"):

airspace (the atmosphere above a nation that is deemed to be under its jurisdiction)

Holonyms ("atmosphere" is a part of...):

Earth; globe; world (the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on)


Sense 4atmosphere [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The weather or climate at some place

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

atmospheric state; atmosphere

Context example:

the atmosphere was thick with fog

Hypernyms ("atmosphere" is a kind of...):

atmospheric condition; weather; weather condition (the meteorological conditions: temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "atmosphere"):

fog; fogginess; murk; murkiness (an atmosphere in which visibility is reduced because of a cloud of some substance)

cyclone ((meteorology) rapid inward circulation of air masses about a low-pressure center; circling counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern)

anticyclone ((meteorology) winds spiraling outward from a high-pressure center; circling clockwise in the northern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the southern)

air mass (a large body of air with uniform characteristics horizontally)


Sense 5atmosphere [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The envelope of gases surrounding any celestial body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Hypernyms ("atmosphere" is a kind of...):

gas (a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely)

Meronyms (parts of "atmosphere"):

troposphere (the lowest atmospheric layer; from 4 to 11 miles high (depending on latitude))

thermosphere (the atmospheric layer between the mesosphere and the exosphere)

stratosphere (the atmospheric layer between the troposphere and the mesosphere)

mesosphere (the atmospheric layer between the stratosphere and the thermosphere)

exosphere (the outermost atmospheric layer)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "atmosphere"):

sky (the atmosphere and outer space as viewed from the earth)


Sense 6atmosphere [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

aura; air; atmosphere

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("atmosphere" is a kind of...):

quality (an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "atmosphere"):

mystique (an aura of heightened value or interest or meaning surrounding a person or thing)

note (a characteristic emotional quality)

vibration (a distinctive emotional aura experienced instinctively)


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