weathering

[weth-er-ing]

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.

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

Origin of weathering

First recorded in 1655–65; weather + -ing1

weather

[weth-er]

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

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.

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 weathering

weathering

noun

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

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 weathering
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Science definitions for weathering

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.

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 weathering

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.

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

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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