Definition of climate
1 : a region of the earth having specified climatic conditions His physician advised moving to a warmer climate.
2a : the average course or condition of the weather at a place usually over a period of years as exhibited by temperature, wind velocity, and precipitation a healthful climate a warm, humid climateb : the prevailing set of conditions (as of temperature and humidity) indoors a climate-controlled office
3 : the prevailing influence or environmental conditions characterizing a group or period : atmosphere a climate of fear a climate of suspicion the cultural climate of the 1960s
Examples of climate in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of climate from the Web
Examples include climate data, such as precipitation and wind speed; natural features, such as topography and vegetation cover; and human features, such as air traffic and proximity to roads.
Batavia was the name of the capital of the Dutch East Indies, now called Jakarta — obviously a tropical climate.
Scuttling the deal would put further distance between Trump and foreign leaders who are already upset over his move to withdraw from the Paris global climate change accord.
More: Climate change predictions can be scary for kids.
Culberson initially supported Smith’s efforts to designate funding for each research directorate (rather than only for the entire research account), and to disfavor the social sciences and climate research.
Everything from the climate where the coffee beans grow to how it's poured into your cup.
Scientists speculate that warming oceans brought on by climate change may somehow be the cause, since pyrosomes are known to favor warm surface water.
There’s a post comparing politicians to sperm to help us cope with the current tense political climate, and a shot of Harrelson pinching the sun in the distance of the Amalfi Coast.
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Did You Know?
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.
CLIMATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of climate for English Language Learners
: 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
CLIMATE Defined for Kids
Definition of climate for Students
: the average weather conditions of a place over a period of years
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