[ hahy-druh-mee-tee-er, -awr ]
/ ˌhaɪ drəˈmi ti ər, -ˌɔr /


liquid water or ice in the atmosphere in various forms, as rain, ice crystals, hail, fog, or clouds.
Compare lithometeor.

Origin of hydrometeor

First recorded in 1855–60; hydro-1 + meteor
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British Dictionary definitions for hydrometeor

/ (ˌhaɪdrəʊˈmiːtɪə) /


any weather condition produced by water or water vapour in the atmosphere, such as rain, snow, or cloud

Derived forms of hydrometeor

hydrometeorological, adjectivehydrometeorology, noun
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Scientific definitions for hydrometeor

[ hī′drō-mētē-ər ]

Any of various forms of water or ice that occur in the atmosphere or on the Earth's surface as a result of condensation. Rain, snow, fog, clouds, and dew are all hydrometeors.
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