Atmosphere vs Altitude - What's the difference?

atmosphere | altitude |

As nouns the difference between atmosphere and altitude

is that atmosphere is atmosphere while altitude is the absolute height of a location, usually measured from sea level.



Alternative forms

* (archaic)


(en noun)
  • The gases surrounding the Earth or any astronomical body.
  • The air in a particular place.
  • *
  • *:Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor;.
  • The mood or feeling in a situation.
  • A unit of measurement for pressure (symbol: atm)
  • Synonyms

    * (mood) air, ambiance, feeling, mood


    * See also

    See also

    * ambiance, ambience * mood



    (en noun)
  • The absolute height of a location, usually measured from sea level.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=David Simpson
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  • A vertical distance.
  • (geometry) The distance measured perpendicularly from a figure's vertex to the opposite side of the vertex.
  • (astronomy) The angular distance of a heavenly body above our Earth's horizon.
  • Height of rank or excellence; superiority.
  • (Jonathan Swift)
  • (dated, in the plural) Elevation of spirits; heroics; haughty airs.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • The man of law began to get into his altitudes .
  • Highest point or degree.
  • * Shakespeare
  • He is [proud] even to the altitude of his virtue.


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