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atmosphere

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See also: atmosphère

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From New Latin atmosphaera, from Ancient Greek ἀτμός (atmós, steam) + Ancient Greek σφαῖρα (sphaîra, sphere); corresponding to atmo- +‎ -sphere (?).

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atmosphere (plural atmospheres)

  1. The gases surrounding the Earth or any astronomical body.
  2. The air in a particular place.
    • 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, Ch.I:
      Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; [].
  3. The mood or feeling in a situation.
  4. A unit of measurement for pressure (symbol: atm)

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