humidity

Definitions

  • Humidity Diagram
    Humidity Diagram
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n humidity wetness in the atmosphere
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the heating months of winter, the relative humidity of the average American home is 13% nearly twice as dry as the Sahara Desert.
    • Humidity Moisture; dampness; a moderate degree of wetness, which is perceptible to the eye or touch; -- used especially of the atmosphere, or of anything which has absorbed moisture from the atmosphere, as clothing.
    • Humidity The content of water vapor in the air, expressed as a percent of the maximum amount of water vapor that the air can hold at the given temperature; also called relative humidity. The capacity of the air to hold moisture increases with temperature, so if the temperature changes without changing the absolute content of the atmospheric moisture, the relative humidity will also change.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n humidity The state of being humid; moisture; dampness; especially, a moderate degree of wetness which is perceptible to the eye or touch.
    • n humidity In meteorology, the amount of aqueous vapor in the atmosphere compared with that which is required to saturate it under the given condition as to temperature: specifically called relative humidity. If the atmosphere is completely saturated, the humidity is expressed as 100; if perfectly dry, as 0. The humidity varies widely in different places, and in the same place at different times.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Humidity moisture: a moderate degree of wetness
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. humidité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. humidushumēre, to be moist.

Usage

In literature:

The chill they had known in the upper valleys was succeeded here by a humid warmth.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
The humidity should be fifty throughout the seasons of artificial heating.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
It had turned into a hot, almost suffocatingly humid night when Barrent began his walk.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
The former are cold and dry; the latter, soft and humid.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 444" by Various
As all parts of this apparatus are of metal changes in humidity or temperature do not affect its regulation.
"The Recent Revolution in Organ Building" by George Laing Miller
The warm wandering airs were humid on the cheek.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
MEMBER: The ice keeps up the humidity.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Ice was forming from the moisture in the humid air.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
He covered her hand with humid kisses, and, slowly rising, he bent towards her face, which she again began to hide.
"The works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 5 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant 1850-1893
It was unseasonably warm and the air was lifeless and humid.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
It might have blown off the Sahara, save for the extreme humidity with which it was laden.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
They were as much at home in the mud as they were in the dank, humid air above.
"The Native Soil" by Alan Edward Nourse
The humidity of the air was observed both by August's psychrometer and Saussure's hygrometer.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
As camels live in the desert they must keep smelling the air to find out its humidity.
"Kari the Elephant" by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
The haze varies with the temperature and humidity of the atmosphere.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
But in this humid climate it would become worthless in a few months.
"John Frewen, South Sea Whaler" by Louis Becke
The hot, humid climate had begun to set its mark on her, and Dick thought she looked anxious and perplexed.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
It renders the foundations and superstructure of buildings impermeable to humidity.
"The Life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald, Vol. II" by Thomas Lord Cochrane
There was too much nostalgia concentrated here, along with the humidity.
"Citadel" by Algirdas Jonas Budrys
And what a blanket of humidity accompanied it!
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
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In poetry:

Theron: To avoid
My importunity; to hear no more
The broken words that spoilt our mutual song,
The sobs that choakt my flute, the humidity
(Not from the lip) that gurgled on the stops.
"Theron And Zoe" by Walter Savage Landor
IV. And this th' expressive eye, whose glance I've woo'd,
For sure beneath that glance each task seem'd light;
Dear eye, how oft with tears of fondness dew'd
I've seen thy humid beam shine mildly bright!
"The Picture" by Sydney Owenson
O domes of crystal!
O curious plants forever sheltered,
While the wind stirs my senses here without!
A valley of the soul forever undisturbed! O humid warmth at noon!
O shifting pictures glimpsed in the crystal walls!
"Bell-Glasses" by Maurice Polydore-Marie-Bernard Maeterlinck
All day long it is so that his hot hypnotic eye commands
With steady ray; and the earth obedient brings enchantment forth.
All night long in the humid dark the high-voiced hyla-bands
Chant of it in chill strain from South to North.
"In A Tropical Garden" by Cale Young Rice
In the warm, humid night, noiseless and dead, a boy cries.
His crying behind the wall, the light behind the window
are lost in the shadow of muffled footsteps, of tired voices.
Yet the sound of medicine poured into a spoon can be heard.
"Boy Crying In The Night" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
Here in the furnace City, in the humid air they faint,
God's pallid poor, His people, with scarcely space for breath;
So foul their teeming houses, so full of shame and taint,
They cannot crowd within them for the frightful fear of Death.
"Manhattan" by Charles Hanson Towne

In news:

Brown leaf tips, a common problem on spider plant s, are due to overfertilization, low humidity, or dry soil conditions.
Showers are moving in off the Atlantic this morning ahead of what promises to be a hot, humid day in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
Summer in Japan is hot and humid.
Weather system keeps humidity, hot air close to ground.
Hazy and Humid, Isolated Thunderstorm (20%).
E arlier this week, I sat in a humid hospital room with most of my family.
Summery Sun, Heat, & Humidity.
A week of warmth, humidity & scattered storms.
Summery more humid weekend.
Partly Cloudy, Warm and Humid, Risk of Afternoon Thunderstorms.
Partly sunny, humid 60% chance of showers/storms.
As Virginia's modern wine industry blossomed over the past 35 years, vintners experimented with site selection, vineyard techniques and grape varieties, steadily improving quality as they learned to cope with the region's humid climate.
Lingering daytime heat, but modest humidity and very low rain risk.
Summer has crept up on New Jersey, and with the hot, humid days came a smattering of thunderstorms that dotted the Garden State in the past two weeks.
Heading back into the congestion, humidity and sometimes, foul weather of the Mid Atlantic region.
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In science:

The humidity level inside the box was controlled by nitrogen flow.
The ZEUS Micro Vertex Detector
The clear dependence of the breakdown voltage on the humidity level leads us to the conclusion that careful checking and control of the humidity is required for the MVD.
The ZEUS Micro Vertex Detector
It includes corrections for surface pressure, temperature and humidity which are measured at the ranging site.
Improving LLR Tests of Gravitational Theory
The bi-stave is mounted into a climate chamber to ensure operation under controlled temperature and humidity.
Optical Readout in a Multi-Module System Test for the ATLAS Pixel Detector
According to the manufacturer of the clocks, the typical humidity sensitivity is df /f = 10−14/%humidity, so the effect observed between two distant clocks (24 ns in 12 h) needs, for example, a differential step of variation of humidity of 55%, two times a day, over 178 days.
The Roland De Witte 1991 Detection of Absolute Motion and Gravitational Waves
So the humidity variations cannot be responsible for the persistent periodic phase shift observed.
The Roland De Witte 1991 Detection of Absolute Motion and Gravitational Waves
So temperature, pressure, humidity and magnetic induction effects on the frequencies of the clocks were thus completely negligible in the experiment.
The Roland De Witte 1991 Detection of Absolute Motion and Gravitational Waves
Historical (pre-fire) weather data (including rainfall, temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction at 2 hourly intervals) were obtained from nearby permanent weather stations.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
During each fire, wind speed, temperature and relative humidity at 1.8 m were recorded at 1 min intervals using the automatic meteorological station.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present 2: Empirical and quasi-empirical models
Sections 5 and 6 explain and illustrate the use of temperature and humidity, respectively, to accelerate failure mechanisms.
A Review of Accelerated Test Models
This is a subset of the larger experiment described by LuValle, Welsher and Mitchell (1986), involving acceleration with temperature, humidity and voltage. A table of the data is given in Meeker and LuValle (1995) and in Meeker and Escobar (1998).
A Review of Accelerated Test Models
Figure 6 shows clearly that failures occur earlier at higher levels of humidity.
A Review of Accelerated Test Models
Much of this work has been motivated by concerns about the effect of environmental humidity on plastic-packaged electronic devices.
A Review of Accelerated Test Models
In most test applications where humidity is used as an accelerating variable, it is used in conjunction with temperature.
A Review of Accelerated Test Models
Therefore, a description of the dependence of fluorescence quenching on pressure and humidity relies on experimentally determinated P ′ values.
Air Fluorescence Relevant for Cosmic-Ray Detection - Summary of the 5th Fluorescence Workshop, El Escorial 2007
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