ˈwe-t͟hə- How to pronounce weathering (audio)
: the action of the weather conditions in altering the color, texture, composition, or form of exposed objects
specifically : the physical disintegration and chemical decomposition of earth materials at or near the earth's surface

Examples of weathering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Durability is part of the reason Ferrari chose Corten steel, also known as weathering steel. Rachel Kurzius, Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2024 In the year since Chlöe Bailey released her debut solo album In Pieces, she’s stitched herself back together after weathering complication external perceptions. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 1 Mar. 2024 Solar weathering produced water with this ratio in at least some of the meteorites that continuously rained down on early Earth. Melissa Gaskill, Popular Mechanics, 12 July 2023 Many granite blocks were left at the pyramid’s base, never to be placed, and millennia of weathering and vandalism reduced the pyramid’s casing to just seven granite layers, as Reuters’ Patrick Werr reports. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2024 Although the lake has since dried up, weathering, erosion and human activity have exposed sediments of the former lake bed. Robert Patalano, Discover Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 The fertilizer in the slow-release formulations is released by water penetration, weathering or microbial action. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2024 In populations subject to the most severe weathering, the increasing trend of having children at older ages increases the risk of adverse maternal and infant outcomes. Arline Geronimus, WIRED, 19 Jan. 2024 The answer lies in the way climate adjusts silicate weathering to balance the supply of CO2 into the atmosphere and the demand for it by silicate weathering, Caves Rugenstein told me. Howard Lee, Ars Technica, 15 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of weathering was in 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Weathering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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: the action of the forces of nature that changes the color, texture, composition, or form of exposed objects
especially : the physical and chemical breakdown of earth materials at or near the earth's surface
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