weather

[weth-er]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. weasel,
  2. weasel out,
  3. weasel word,
  4. weasel words,
  5. weaselly,
  6. weather advisory,
  7. weather balloon,
  8. weather bomb,
  9. weather bureau,
  10. weather deck

Idioms

    under the weather, Informal.
    1. somewhat indisposed; ailing; ill.
    2. suffering from a hangover.
    3. more or less drunk: Many fatal accidents are caused by drivers who are under the weather.

Origin of weather

before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English weder; cognate with Dutch weder, German Wetter, Old Norse vethr

Related formsweath·er·er, noun

Can be confusedweather whether whither wither (see synonym study at wither)

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British Dictionary definitions for weather

weather

noun

  1. the day-to-day meteorological conditions, esp temperature, cloudiness, and rainfall, affecting a specific placeCompare climate (def. 1)
  2. (modifier)relating to the forecasting of weathera weather ship
a prevailing state or condition
make heavy weather
  1. (of a vessel) to roll and pitch in heavy seas
  2. (foll by of)to carry out with great difficulty or unnecessarily great effort
under the weather informal
  1. not in good health
  2. intoxicated

adjective

(prenominal) on or at the side or part towards the wind; windwardthe weather anchor Compare lee (def. 4)

verb

to expose or be exposed to the action of the weather
to undergo or cause to undergo changes, such as discoloration, due to the action of the weather
(intr) to withstand the action of the weather
(when intr, foll by through) to endure (a crisis, danger, etc)
(tr) to slope (a surface, such as a roof, sill, etc) so as to throw rainwater clear
(tr) to sail to the windward ofto weather a point
Derived Formsweatherability, nounweatherer, noun

Word Origin for weather

Old English weder; related to Old Saxon wedar, Old High German wetar, Old Norse vethr

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Word Origin and History for weather
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Science definitions for weather

weather

[wĕðər]

The state of the atmosphere at a particular time and place. Weather is described in terms of variable conditions such as temperature, humidity, wind velocity, precipitation, and barometric pressure. Weather on Earth occurs primarily in the troposphere, or lower atmosphere, and is driven by energy from the Sun and the rotation of the Earth. The average weather conditions of a region over time are used to define a region's climate.
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Culture definitions for weather

weather

The daily conditions of the atmosphere in terms of temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind, and moisture.

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Idioms and Phrases with weather

weather

In addition to the idiom beginning with weather

  • weather the storm

also see:

  • fair-weather friend
  • heavy going (weather)
  • keep a weather eye out
  • under the weather
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