weather

noun
weath·​er | \ ˈwe-t͟hər \

Definition of weather 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the state of the atmosphere with respect to heat or cold, wetness or dryness, calm or storm, clearness or cloudiness
2 : state or vicissitude of life or fortune
3 : disagreeable atmospheric conditions: such as
a : rain, storm
b : cold air with dampness
to weather
: in the direction from which the wind is blowing
under the weather

weather

verb
weathered; weathering\ ˈwet͟h-​riŋ , ˈwe-​t͟hə-​ \

Definition of weather (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to expose to the open air : subject to the action of the elements
2 : to bear up against and come safely through weather a storm weather a crisis

intransitive verb

: to undergo or endure the action of the elements

weather

adjective

Definition of weather (Entry 3 of 3)

: of or relating to the side facing the wind — compare lee

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Synonyms for weather

Synonyms: Verb

ride (out), survive

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Examples of weather in a Sentence

Noun

The weather today will be hot and dry. The hikers sought protection from the weather under an overhang. It looks like we're in for some weather tomorrow. We'll take a look at the weather right after this commercial break. Check the weather before you make plans.

Verb

The wood on the porch has weathered over the years. They weathered a terrible storm while at sea. He has weathered the criticism well.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There’s a 90 percent chance that weather will be good for launch, according to the 45th Space Wing. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch SpaceX launch its final Falcon 9 rocket of the year for the Air Force," 21 Dec. 2018 The severe weather is likely to cause problems both on the ground and in the sky. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "AccuWeather Predicts a Major Storm Will Drastically Affect Christmas Travel," 20 Dec. 2018 Two weeks later we’re like, what if the weather could just be nice all the time? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Ezra Klein and Kara Swisher on the future of journalism," 12 Dec. 2018 Early fall is the best time to attempt this drive, as the weather is calm and the summer crowds have dwindled. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 Dec. 2018 Unfortunately, weather conditions do not appear overly favorable at this time. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Tuesday may deliver a triple-header of big launches to cap 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 Maintaining a winter glow can seem daunting, especially when less-than-ideal weather conditions come to call. Taylor Lane, SELF, "7 Gorgeous New Face Oils for Glowing Skin All Winter," 14 Dec. 2018 There are some unique weather conditions that are driving the exceptionally swift California fires, like strong winds and high temperatures. Umair Irfan, Vox, "California’s wildfires are hardly “natural” — humans made them worse at every step," 12 Nov. 2018 To make matters worse, weather conditions, including tornadoes, delayed that incoming flight from London, meaning the spare parts and the British engineer flown over to fix Flight 2036's plane were also delayed even further. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Flight Was Delayed for 3 Days—Here's Everything That Went Wrong," 5 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Modern survey methods, like laser scanning, can produce incredibly detailed digital models of a site, right down to the subtleties of carvings or weathering on the surface of a stone block. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists reconstruct pre-Columbian temple with 3D-printed blocks," 17 Dec. 2018 Amber, in the classic disguise of a beret and sunglasses, has to weather the paparazzi, and the antics of a kooky (and possibly insensitively) conceived wedding planner. Vogue, "A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding," 15 Nov. 2018 Molly McCook has had to weather quite the storm of backlash after taking on the role of middle daughter, Mandy, on Last Man Standing. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Fans Shut Down Molly McCook's Haters After Recast Drama," 29 Oct. 2018 My travails to snag it — risking it being seized by customs, overpaying sellers, weathering formula changes — surely rival those of the Arthurian knights who searched for their own Holy Grail in medieval lore. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The “best” lipstick probably won’t change your life — but the search for it can," 12 Dec. 2018 Painted in a pale moss green with chrome stools, checkerboard floor, weathered beams and lathes artfully exposed to show off the plaster, the bright space reminded me of an Eastern seashore diner as imagined in a Gene Kelly musical. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "From hot ramen to hotter hot pot: 30 restaurant openings in Seattle and on the Eastside," 28 Nov. 2018 The company weathered recent turmoil for tech stocks better than some other companies—though few tech stocks are untouched by the recent troubles. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Microsoft (briefly) passed Apple to become the most valuable US company today," 26 Nov. 2018 This year, high-yield bonds weathered the October selloff far better than equities. Christopher Whittall, WSJ, "Favorite Stock Market Crystal Ball May Have a Crack in It," 15 Nov. 2018 Situated on an unassuming block in Red Hook, Brooklyn, 177 Dwight Street wears its gently weathered brick facade with pride. Marley Marius, Vogue, "The Restaurateur Behind Roman’s Has Opened a Charming New Events Space in Red Hook," 1 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of weather

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

1582, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for weather

Noun

Middle English weder, from Old English; akin to Old High German wetar weather, Old Church Slavonic vetrŭ wind

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weather

noun

English Language Learners Definition of weather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the state of the air and atmosphere at a particular time and place : the temperature and other outside conditions (such as rain, cloudiness, etc.) at a particular time and place

: bad or stormy weather

the weather : a report or forecast about the weather

weather

verb

English Language Learners Definition of weather (Entry 2 of 2)

: to change in color, condition, etc., because of the effects of the sun, wind, rain, etc., over a long period of time

: to deal with or experience (something dangerous or unpleasant) without being harmed or damaged too much

weather

noun
weath·​er | \ ˈwe-t͟hər \

Kids Definition of weather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the state of the air and atmosphere in regard to how warm or cold, wet or dry, or clear or stormy it is

weather

verb
weathered; weathering

Kids Definition of weather (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to change (as in color or structure) by the action of the weather
2 : to be able to last or come safely through They weathered a storm.

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