1. a particular environment or surrounding influence;
- Example: "there was an atmosphere of excitement"
[syn: atmosphere, ambiance, ambience]
2. a unit of pressure: the pressure that will support a column of mercury 760 mm high at sea level and 0 degrees centigrade;
[syn: standard atmosphere, atmosphere, atm, standard pressure]
3. the mass of air surrounding the Earth;
- Example: "there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere"
- Example: "it was exposed to the air"
[syn: atmosphere, air]
4. the weather or climate at some place;
- Example: "the atmosphere was thick with fog"
[syn: atmosphere, atmospheric state]
5. the envelope of gases surrounding any celestial body;
6. a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing;
- Example: "an air of mystery"
- Example: "the house had a neglected air"
- Example: "an atmosphere of defeat pervaded the candidate's headquarters"
- Example: "the place had an aura of romance"
[syn: air, aura, atmosphere]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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] AtmosphericMoby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
101 Moby Thesaurus words for "atmosphere": action, aerial, aerodynamics, aerosphere, air, ambience, ambient, anagnorisis, angle, architectonics, architecture, argument, arrangement, atmospheric, aura, background, balance, biosphere, brushwork, catastrophe, character, characteristic, characterization, climate, color, complication, composition, continuity, contrivance, denouement, design, development, device, draftsmanship, ecosphere, episode, fable, falling action, feel, feeling, flavor, fluid, gas, gaseous envelope, gimmick, grouping, halogen gas, impression, incident, individuality, inert gas, lift, line, local color, medium, milieu, mise-en-scene, mood, motif, movement, mythos, noosphere, note, overtone, painterliness, peculiarity, peripeteia, perspective, plan, plot, pneumatic, pneumatics, property, quality, recognition, rising action, scheme, secondary plot, semblance, sense, shading, shadow, slant, spirit, story, structure, subject, subplot, suggestion, surroundings, switch, technique, thematic development, theme, tone, topic, treatment, twist, undertone, values, welkin