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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.
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Origin of meteorology

First recorded in 1610–20, meteorology is from the Greek word meteōrología discussion of celestial phenomena. See meteor, -o-, -logy
Related formsme·te·or·ol·o·gist, noun
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  1. the study of the earth's atmosphere, esp of weather-forming processes and weather forecasting
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Derived Formsmeteorological (ˌmiːtɪərəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or meteorologic, adjectivemeteorologically, adverbmeteorologist, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Greek meteorolōgia, from meteōron something aloft + -logia -logy . See meteor
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Word Origin and History for meteorology


"science of the atmosphere, weather forecasting," 1610s, from French météorologie and directly from Greek meteorologia "treatise on celestial phenomena, discussion of high things," from meteoron, literally "thing high up" (see meteor), + -logia "treatment of" (see -logy).

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meteorology in Science


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


The study of the weather and climate.

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