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atmosphere

  

      n  
1    the gaseous envelope surrounding the earth or any other celestial body  
   See also       troposphere       stratosphere       mesosphere       ionosphere  
2    the air or climate in a particular place  
the atmosphere was thick with smoke     
3    a general pervasive feeling or mood  
an atmosphere of elation     
4    the prevailing tone or mood of a novel, symphony, painting, or other work of art  
5    a special mood or character associated with a place  
6    any local gaseous environment or medium  
an inert atmosphere     
7      (Abbrevs.)    at, atm          a unit of pressure; the pressure that will support a column of mercury 760 mm high at 0°C at sea level. 1 atmosphere is equivalent to 101325 newtons per square metre or 14.72 pounds per square inch  
  atmospheric, atmospherical      adj  
  atmospherically      adv  


action at a distance  
      n     (Physics)   the supposed interaction of two separated bodies without any intervening medium. In modern theories all interactions are assumed to require a field of force  
at   [1]  
      prep  
1    used to indicate location or position  
are they at the table?, staying at a small hotel     
2    towards; in the direction of  
looking at television, throwing stones at windows     
3    used to indicate position in time  
come at three o'clock     
4    engaged in; in a state of (being)  
children at play, stand at ease, he is at his most charming today     
5    (in expressions concerned with habitual activity) during the passing of (esp. in the phrase at night)  
he used to work at night     
6    for; in exchange for  
it's selling at four pounds     
7    used to indicate the object of an emotion  
angry at the driver, shocked at his behaviour     
8    where it's at  
Slang   the real place of action  
     (Old English æt; related to Old Norse at to, Latin ad to)  
at   [2]  
      n   pl   , at   a Laotian monetary unit worth one hundredth of a kip.  
     (from Thai)  
At  
1   
      the chemical symbol for   astatine  
2      (Also)    A  
      symbol for   ampere-turn  
AT  
      abbrev. for   attainment target  
at.  
      abbrev. for  
1      (Also)    atm   atmosphere (unit of pressure)  
2    atomic  
at-home  
      n  
1       another name for       open day  
2    a social gathering in a person's home  
at. no.  
      abbrev. for   atomic number  
attorney-at-law  
      n   pl   , attorneys-at-law     (Law)  
1      (Now chiefly U.S.)   a lawyer qualified to represent in court a party to a legal action  
2      (Brit)  
obsolete   a solicitor  
at. wt.  
      abbrev. for   atomic weight  
come at  
      vb   intr, prep  
1    to discover or reach (facts, the truth, etc.)  
2    to attack (a person)  
he came at me with an axe     
3      (Austral)  
slang   to agree to do (something)  
4    usually used with a negative     (Austral)  
slang   to stomach, tolerate  
I couldn't come at it     
5      (Austral)  
slang   to presume; impose  
what are you coming at?     
come-at-able  
      adj      an informal expression for       accessible  
drive at  
      vb   intr, prep  
Informal   to intend or mean  
what are you driving at?     
electronic funds transfer at point of sale  
      n   a system for debiting a retail sale direct to the customer's bank, building-society, or credit-card account by means of a computer link using the telephone network,   (Acronym)    EFTPOS  
friend at court  
      n   an influential acquaintance who can promote one's interests  
gentleman-at-arms  
      n   pl   , gentlemen-at-arms   a member of the guard who attend the British sovereign on ceremonial and state occasions  
get at  
      vb   intr, prep  
1    to gain access to  
the dog could not get at the meat on the high shelf     
2    to mean or intend  
what are you getting at when you look at me like that?     
3    to irritate or annoy persistently; criticize  
she is always getting at him     
4    to influence or seek to influence, esp. illegally by bribery, intimidation, etc.  
someone had got at the witness before the trial     
get-at-able  
      adj  
Informal   accessible  
go at  
      vb   intr, prep  
1    to make an energetic attempt at (something)  
2    to attack vehemently  
have at  
      vb   intr, prep  
Archaic   to make an opening attack on, esp. in fencing  
heir-at-law  
      n   pl   , heirs-at-law     (Property law)   the person entitled to succeed to the real property of a person who dies intestate  
Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon  
      n      another name for       goatsbeard       1  
jump at  
      vb   intr, prep   to be glad to accept  
I would jump at the chance of going     
keep at  
      vb   prep  
1    intr   to persevere with or persist in  
2    tr   to constrain (a person) to continue doing (a task)  
man-at-arms  
      n   pl   , men-at-arms   a soldier, esp. a heavily armed mounted soldier in medieval times  
master-at-arms  
      n   pl   , masters-at-arms   the senior rating, of Chief Petty Officer rank, in a naval unit responsible for discipline, administration, and police duties  
pick at  
      vb   intr, prep   to make criticisms of in a niggling or petty manner  
sergeant at arms  
      n  
1    an officer of a legislative or fraternal body responsible for maintaining internal order  
2    (formerly) an officer who served a monarch or noble, esp. as an armed attendant,   (Also called)    sergeant, serjeant at arms, serjeant  
sergeant at law  
      n      a variant spelling of       serjeant at law  
serjeant at arms  
      n      a variant spelling of       sergeant at arms  
serjeant at law  
      n   (formerly in England) a barrister of a special rank, to which he was raised by a writ under the Great Seal,   (Also called)    serjeant, sergeant at law, sergeant  
sneeze at  
      vb   intr, prep.; usually with a negative  
Informal   to dismiss lightly  
his offer is not to be sneezed at     
sniff at  
      vb   intr, prep   to express contempt or dislike for  
stay-at-home  
      adj  
1    (of a person) enjoying a quiet, settled, and unadventurous use of leisure  
      n  
2    a stay-at-home person  
stick at  
      vb   intr, prep  
1    to continue constantly at  
to stick at one's work     
2    stick at nothing   to be prepared to do anything; be unscrupulous or ruthless  
talk at  
      vb   intr, prep   to speak to (a person) in a way that indicates a response is not really wanted  
I wish he'd talk to me rather than at me     
wink at  
      vb   intr, prep   to connive at; disregard  
the authorities winked at corruption     
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