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weather Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation
    atmospheric condition; conditions; weather condition.
    • they were hoping for good weather
    • every day we have weather conditions and yesterday was no exception
    • the conditions were too rainy for playing in the snow
  2. verb face and withstand with courage
    brave out; brave; endure.
    • She braved the elements
  3. verb cause to slope
  4. verb sail to the windward of
  5. verb change under the action or influence of the weather
    • A weathered old hut
  6. adjective satellite towards the side exposed to wind

Weath"er noun
OE. weder, AS. weder; akin to OS. wedar, OFries. weder, D. weder, weêr, G. wetter, OHG. wetar, Icel. ve&edh;r, Dan. veir, Sw. väder wind, air, weather, and perhaps to OSlav. vedro fair weather; or perhaps to Lith. vetra storm, Russ. vieter', vietr', wind, and E. wind. Cf. Wither.
  1. The state of the air or atmosphere with respect to heat or cold, wetness or dryness, calm or storm, clearness or cloudiness, or any other meteorological phenomena; meteorological condition of the atmosphere; as, warm weather; cold weather; wet weather; dry weather, etc.
    Not amiss to cool a man's stomach this hot weather. Shak.
    Fair weather cometh out of the north. Job xxxvii. 22.
  2. Vicissitude of season; meteorological change; alternation of the state of the air. Bacon.
  3. Storm; tempest.
    What gusts of weather from that gathering cloud My thoughts presage! Dryden.
  4. A light rain; a shower. Obs. Wyclif.
Weath"er transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Weathered ; present participle & verbal noun Weathering
  1. To expose to the air; to air; to season by exposure to air.
    [An eagle] soaring through his wide empire of the air To weather his broad sails. Spenser.
    This gear lacks weathering. Latimer.
  2. Hence, to sustain the trying effect of; to bear up against and overcome; to sustain; to endure; to resist; as, to weather the storm.
    For I can weather the roughest gale. Longfellow.
    You will weather the difficulties yet. F. W. Robertson.
  3. (Naut.) To sail or pass to the windward of; as, to weather a cape; to weather another ship.
  4. (Falconry) To place (a hawk) unhooded in the open air. Encyc. Brit.
Weath"er intransitive verb
  1. 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.
    The organisms . . . seem indestructible, while the hard matrix in which they are imbedded has weathered from around them. H. Miller.
Weath"er adjective
  1. (Naut.) Being toward the wind, or windward -- opposed to lee; as, weather bow, weather braces, weather gauge, weather lifts, weather quarter, weather shrouds, etc.

Webster 1913

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