weather
I. noun Etymology: Middle English weder, from Old English; akin to Old High German wetar weather, Old Church Slavic vetrŭ wind Date: before 12th century 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: as a. rain, storm b. cold air with dampness 4. weathering II. verb (weathered; weathering) Date: 15th century 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 <
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intransitive verb to undergo or endure the action of the elements III. adjective Date: 1582 of or relating to the side facing the wind — compare lee

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  • Weather — Weath er, n. [OE. weder, AS. weder; akin to OS. wedar, OFries. weder, D. weder, we[^e]r, G. wetter, OHG. wetar, Icel. ve[eth]r, Dan. veir, Sw. v[ a]der wind, air, weather, and perhaps to OSlav. vedro fair weather; or perhaps to Lith. vetra storm …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Weather — Weath er, a. (Naut.) Being toward the wind, or windward opposed to lee; as, weather bow, weather braces, weather gauge, weather lifts, weather quarter, weather shrouds, etc. [1913 Webster] {Weather gauge}. (a) (Naut.) The position of a ship to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Weather — Weath er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Weathered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Weathering}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To expose to the air; to air; to season by exposure to air. [1913 Webster] [An eagle] soaring through his wide empire of the air To weather his broad… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • weather — [weth′ər] n. [ME weder < OE, akin to ON vethr, Ger wetter < IE base * we , * awe , to blow > WIND2, OSlav vedro, fair weather] 1. the general condition of the atmosphere at a particular time and place, with regard to the temperature,… …   English World dictionary

  • weather — (n.) O.E. weder, from P.Gmc. *wedran (Cf. O.S. wedar, O.N. veðr, O.Fris., M.Du., Du. weder, O.H.G. wetar, Ger. Wetter storm, wind, weather ), from PIE *we dhro , weather, from root *we to blow (see WIND (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • weather — ► NOUN 1) the state of the atmosphere at a place and time as regards temperature, wind, rain, etc. 2) (before another noun ) denoting the side from which the wind is blowing; windward. Contrasted with LEE(Cf. ↑lee). ► VERB 1) wear away or change… …   English terms dictionary

  • weather — weath‧er [ˈweDə ǁ ər] verb [transitive] if a company, business etc weathers a difficult situation, it manages to come through it safely: • Small businesses were less able to weather the recession. • The company has weathered the slump better than …   Financial and business terms

  • Weather — assisted migration blizzaster climate porn Fogust geomythology gigantic jet Marchuary megacryometeor …   New words

  • Weather — Weath er, v. i. To undergo or endure the action of the atmosphere; to suffer meteorological influences; sometimes, to wear away, or alter, under atmospheric influences; to suffer waste by weather. [1913 Webster] The organisms . . . seem… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • weather — [n] atmospheric conditions climate, clime, elements; concepts 522,524 weather [v] endure acclimate, bear the brunt of*, bear up against*, become toughened, brave, come through, expose, get through, grow hardened, grow strong, harden, make it,… …   New thesaurus

  • weather — index atmosphere, bear (tolerate), endure (last), endure (suffer), erode, maintain ( …   Law dictionary

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