weath·​er·​ing | \ ˈwet͟h-riŋ, ˈwe-t͟hə- How to pronounce weathering (audio) \

Definition of weathering

: 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 But in 2013, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) found that erosion and weathering were taking a toll on the parts of the site archaeologists had excavated so far. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 1 Apr. 2022 There are other technologies, such as enhanced rock weathering (ERW) which are at even earlier stage. Felicia Jackson, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Jones and her team studied chemical weathering in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, one of the few ice-free areas of Antarctica. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Mar. 2022 Despite 3,400 years of weathering, the sphinxes still bear the carved limestone face of the pharaoh, who is adorned with a royal headdress and beard. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 27 Jan. 2022 These soils are the product of thousands of years of weathering. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, 5 Jan. 2022 For example, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona offers Ranger Programs that teach the public about ongoing changes to the canyon from weathering and erosion. Jill Zarestky, The Conversation, 9 Nov. 2021 By not being exposed to sunlight, or energetic particles from the solar wind, PSRs will have a different electrical nature and will have been affected by different ‘space weathering’ processes, says Hibbitts. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Over the years, natural erosion and weathering wore pits and grooves in the relatively soft stone surface; this happens with all marble monuments. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of weathering

1548, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of weathering was in 1548

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11 May 2022

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“Weathering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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