Atmosphere

Definition of Atmosphere

At´mos`phere
n.1.(Physics) The whole mass of aëriform fluid surrounding the earth; - applied also to the gaseous envelope of any celestial orb, or other body; as, the atmosphere of Mars.
An atmosphere of cold oxygen.
- Miller.
2.A supposed medium around various bodies; as, electrical atmosphere, a medium formerly supposed to surround electrical bodies.
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.
Hydrogen was liquefied under a pressure of 650 atmospheres.
- Lubbock.
4.Any surrounding or pervading influence or condition.
The chillest of social atmospheres.
- Hawthorne.
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.

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