Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The study of atmospherics, especially through the use of electronic detectors.
  • n. See atmospherics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Electromagnetic pulses caused by atmospheric phenomena, such as lightning. Plural form of sferic.
  • n. Radio interference caused by sferics; atmospherics.

Etymologies

Shortening and alteration of atmospherics.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From atmospherics. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Through a specially developed tweeter beam the high tone sound wave is projected to the ceiling inside the black cube where it reflects as sound figures and low red electromagnetic waves (as "whistlers" and "cracklers"), sferics and red luminous flashes.

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  • An underground receiver could perhaps be built capable of detecting sferics from lightning bolts hitting the surface hundreds of miles away.

    The Register

  • There a three sources of click-like interference: switching relais, electrostatic discharges caused by snow drift, and sferics produced by thunderstorms ten thousands of kilometers away.

    Gizmodo

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  • Oh it's time to write some lyrics
    About those darned old sferics
    But it's hard to wax rhapsodic in the rain.

    Midst the cold and drear and drizzle
    My poetry goes a-fizzle
    So I'll just slog until the sun attain.

    June 21, 2010

  • alternate spelling: spherics, derived from atmospherics

    November 5, 2007