[ mee-tee-uh-rol-uh-jee ]
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  1. the science dealing with the atmosphere and its phenomena, including weather and climate.

  2. the atmospheric conditions and weather of an area.

Origin of meteorology

First recorded in 1610–20; from Greek meteōrología “discussion of celestial phenomena”; see meteor, -o-, -logy

Other words from meteorology

  • me·te·or·ol·o·gist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for meteorology


/ (ˌmiːtɪəˈrɒlədʒɪ) /

  1. the study of the earth's atmosphere, esp of weather-forming processes and weather forecasting

Origin of meteorology

C17: from Greek meteorolōgia, from meteōron something aloft + -logia -logy . See meteor

Derived forms of meteorology

  • meteorological (ˌmiːtɪərəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or meteorologic, adjective
  • meteorologically, adverb
  • meteorologist, noun

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Scientific definitions for meteorology


[ mē′tē-ə-rŏlə-jē ]

  1. The scientific study of the atmosphere and of atmospheric conditions, especially as they relate to weather and weather forecasting.

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Cultural definitions for meteorology


The study of the weather and climate.

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