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- disturbances in reception, produced by natural electric discharges, as in a storm; static
- the phenomena producing these disturbances
- prevailing mood or influence
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- (used with a sing. verb)a. Electromagnetic radiation produced by natural phenomena such as lightning.b. Radio interference produced by electromagnetic radiation. Also called sferics.
- (used with a pl. verb)a. Features, events, or statements intended to create a particular mood or attitude: “[This book] is full of fiction unconcerned with spooky atmospherics or suspense; most of the collection's stories are about cruel humans and the violence they commit” (Ken Tucker).b. The mood or attitude so created.
atmospherics - Science Definition
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
- Electromagnetic radiation that is in the same range as radio frequencies and is produced by natural phenomena (such as lightning) and interferes with radio communications.
- The radio interference produced by this electromagnetic radiation.
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