noun Etymology: Middle English climat, from Middle French, from Late Latin climat-, clima, from Greek klimat-, klima inclination, latitude, climate, from klinein to lean — more at lean Date: 14th century 1. a region of the earth having specified climatic conditions 2. a. 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 b. 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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