[hahy-druh-mee-tee-er, -awr]


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

Nearby words

  1. hydromechanics,
  2. hydromedusa,
  3. hydromel,
  4. hydromeningocele,
  5. hydrometallurgy,
  6. hydrometeorology,
  7. hydrometer,
  8. hydrometra,
  9. hydrometric,
  10. hydrometrocolpos

Compare lithometeor.

Origin of hydrometeor

First recorded in 1855–60; hydro-1 + meteor

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British Dictionary definitions for hydrometeor



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

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Science definitions for hydrometeor



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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