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Pronunciation: (at"mus-fer'ik, -fēr'-), [key]
1. pertaining to, existing in, or consisting of the atmosphere: atmospheric vapors.
2. caused by, produced by, or operated on by the atmosphere: atmospheric storms.
3. resembling or suggestive of the atmosphere; having muted tones and softened or indistinct outlines; hazy: atmospheric effects.
4. having or producing an emotional atmosphere: atmospheric quality; atmospheric lighting. Also,at"mos•pher'i•cal.

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