the state of the atmosphere with respect to wind, temperature, cloudiness, moisture, pressure, etc.
a strong wind or storm or strong winds and storms collectively: We've had some real weather this spring.
a weathercast: The radio announcer will read the weather right after the commercial.
Usually weathers. changes or vicissitudes in one's lot or fortunes: She remained a good friend in all weathers.
to expose to the weather; dry, season, or otherwise affect by exposure to the air or atmosphere: to weather lumber before marketing it.
to discolor, disintegrate, or affect injuriously, as by the effects of weather: These crumbling stones have been weathered by the centuries.
to bear up against and come safely through (a storm, danger, trouble, etc.): to weather a severe illness.
Nautical. (of a ship, mariner, etc.) to pass or sail to the windward of: to weather a cape.
Architecture. to cause to slope, so as to shed water.
to undergo change, especially discoloration or disintegration, as the result of exposure to atmospheric conditions.
to endure or resist exposure to the weather: a coat that weathers well.
to go or come safely through a storm, danger, trouble, etc. (usually followed by through): It was a difficult time for her, but she weathered through beautifully.
Idioms about weather
under the weather, Informal.
somewhat indisposed; ailing; ill.
suffering from a hangover.
more or less drunk: Many fatal accidents are caused by drivers who are under the weather.
Window is first recorded in Middle English in the first half of the 13th century. It comes from Old Norse vindauga “wind eye,” originally an opening in a gable or roof to release smoke and admit light. (The Old Norse word came into Old English before the initial w- became v- in literary Old Norse.)
- weath·er·er, noun
- weather , whether
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How to use weather in a sentence
The weather is pretty warm year-round, though, hovering at around 75 degrees.
The shutoffs that began late Monday are a fairly new and controversial practice, and their use last year triggered investigations while utilities defended them as necessary in the face of increasingly wild weather.California faces widespread power cuts after weeks of destructive wildfires | kdunn6 | September 8, 2020 | Fortune
The US is experiencing one of its worst years for wildfire outbreaks thanks to hot weather and a lack of firefighters.Trump ban on Chinese drone parts risks worsening wildfires | Financial Times | September 3, 2020 | Ars Technica
While restrictions have eased in some parts of the country, the situation—particularly as we head into cooler fall weather and back to school—is proving to be fluid.This year’s top Labor Day destinations might surprise you | Rachel King | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
And, of course, there have been far more disasters caused by extreme weather than terrorist attacks.FEMA spends more preparing for terrorism than hurricanes | Rachel Schallom | August 27, 2020 | Fortune
Frustrating as regulars find these fair-weather exercise interlopers, they were also all beginners once, he says.
That ground hold was to stop you flying through weather that could kill you and everyone else aboard.
Did the airline file a flight plan that took account of the weather en route from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore?
These days weather should never cause a commercial airliner to crash.
The pilot asked air-traffic control for permission to climb from 32,000 to 38,000 feet to avoid the bad weather.
In the drawing-room things went on much as they always do in country drawing-rooms in the hot weather.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Blamed ef I'd lived in a country all my life, ef I wouldn't know better'n to git caught out in such weather's this!Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
An old weather-beaten bear-hunter stepped forward, squirting out his tobacco juice with all imaginable deliberation.
That the weather being calm, he rowed round me several times, observed my windows and wire-lattices that defenced them.Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
Decomposition sets in rapidly, especially in warm weather, and greatly interferes with all the examinations.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
British Dictionary definitions for weather
the day-to-day meteorological conditions, esp temperature, cloudiness, and rainfall, affecting a specific place: Compare climate (def. 1)
(modifier) relating to the forecasting of weather: a weather ship
a prevailing state or condition
make heavy weather
(of a vessel) to roll and pitch in heavy seas
(foll by of) to carry out with great difficulty or unnecessarily great effort
under the weather informal
not in good health
(prenominal) on or at the side or part towards the wind; windward: the weather anchor Compare lee (def. 4)
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 of: to weather a point
- weatherability, noun
- weatherer, noun
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Scientific definitions for weather
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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Cultural definitions for weather
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Other Idioms and Phrases with weather
In addition to the idiom beginning with weather
- weather the storm
- fair-weather friend
- heavy going (weather)
- keep a weather eye out
- under the weather
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