weathering

[ weth-er-ing ]
/ ˈwɛð ər ɪŋ /

noun

Architecture. wash(def 44).
material used as a weather strip.
Geology. the various mechanical and chemical processes that cause exposed rock to decompose.Compare chemical weathering, mechanical weathering.

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Origin of weathering

First recorded in 1655–65; weather + -ing1

Definition for weathering (2 of 2)

weather
[ weth-er ]
/ ˈwɛð ər /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of weather

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

historical usage of weather

Weather and its (Germanic) kindred terms wind and window are derivatives of the very common, very complicated Proto-Indo-European root awe-, awē-, wē- “to blow.” The variant awe- is the source of Germanic wedram “storm, weather” (Old English weder, English weather ). The suffixed variant wēn- forms Latin ventum “wind,” and English wind and window.
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.)

OTHER WORDS FROM weather

weath·er·er, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH weather

weather whether whither wither (see synonym study at wither)
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British Dictionary definitions for weathering (1 of 2)

weathering
/ (ˈwɛðərɪŋ) /

noun

the mechanical and chemical breakdown of rocks by the action of rain, snow, cold, etc

British Dictionary definitions for weathering (2 of 2)

weather
/ (ˈwɛðə) /

noun

adjective

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

verb

Derived forms of weather

weatherability, 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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Scientific definitions for weathering (1 of 2)

weathering
[ wĕðər-ĭng ]

Any of the chemical or mechanical processes by which rocks exposed to the weather undergo chemical decomposition and physical disintegration. Although weathering usually occurs at the Earth's surface, it can also occur at significant depths, for example through the percolation of groundwater through fractures in bedrock. It usually results in changes in the color, texture, composition, or hardness of the affected rocks.

Scientific definitions for weathering (2 of 2)

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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Cultural definitions for weathering (1 of 2)

weathering

The process by which rocks are broken down into small grains and soil. Weathering can happen through rainfall, ice formation, or the action of living things, such as algae and plant roots. It is part of the geological cycle.

Cultural definitions for weathering (2 of 2)

weather

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

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Idioms and Phrases with weathering

weather

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