Definition of climate
- His physician advised moving to a warmer climate.
- a healthful climate
- a warm, humid climate
- a climate-controlled office
- a climate of fear
- a climate of suspicion
- the cultural climate of the 1960s
living in a cold climate
These trees only grow in humid climates.
The country's climate is ideal for growing grapes.
the humid climate of Malaysia
A climate of fear prevails in the city.
the country's changing economic climate
The company is trying to develop a positive climate for innovation.
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If you stand at the equator, the celestial poles (the points in the sky directly above the North and South poles) lie on the horizon. As you move northward, the northern celestial pole gradually rises above the horizon, so the sky is in effect tilted. The ancient Greeks called this tilt klima, literally “slope,” “inclination.” Because the angle is determined by your latitude, klima came to mean “latitude,” and the earth was divided into seven latitudinal regions, called klimata. The word came into modern European languages as clime or climate, and the weather of a region was also called climate.
: a region with particular weather patterns or conditions
: the usual weather conditions in a particular place or region
: the usual or most widespread mood or conditions in a place
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