What does climate mean?

Definitions for climate
ˈklaɪ mɪtcli·mate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. climate, climenoun

    the weather in some location averaged over some long period of time

    "the dank climate of southern Wales"; "plants from a cold clime travel best in winter"

  2. climate, moodnoun

    the prevailing psychological state

    "the climate of opinion"; "the national mood had changed radically since the last election"


  1. climatenoun

    An area of the earth's surface between two parallels of latitude.

  2. climatenoun

    A region of the Earth.

  3. climatenoun

    The long-term manifestations of weather and other atmospheric conditions in a given area or country, now usually represented by the statistical summary of its weather conditions during a period long enough to ensure that representative values are obtained (generally 30 years).

  4. climatenoun

    The context in general of a particular political, moral etc. situation.

    Industries that require a lot of fossil fuels are unlikely to be popular in the current political climate.

  5. Etymology: From climat, from clima, from κλίμα, from κλίνω (from which also cline), from ḱley- (English lean).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CLIMATEnoun

    Etymology: ϰλίμα.

    Betwixt th’ extremes, two happier climates hold
    The temper that partakes of hot and cold. John Dryden, Ovid.

    On what new happy climate are we thrown? Dryden.

    This talent of moving the passions cannot be of any great use in the northern climates. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Climateverb

    To inhabit. A word only in William Shakespeare.

    The blessed gods
    Purge all infection from our air, whilst you
    Do climate here. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Climateverb

    one of thirty regions or zones, parallel to the equator, into which the surface of the earth from the equator to the pole was divided, according to the successive increase of the length of the midsummer day

  2. Climateverb

    the condition of a place in relation to various phenomena of the atmosphere, as temperature, moisture, etc., especially as they affect animal or vegetable life

  3. Climateverb

    to dwell

  4. Etymology: [F. climat, L. clima, -atis, fr. Gr. , , slope, the supposed slope of the earth (from the equator toward the pole), hence a region or zone of the earth, fr. to slope, incline, akin to E. lean, v. i. See Lean, v. i., and cf. Clime.]


  1. Climate

    Climate is the pattern of variation in temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, precipitation, atmospheric particle count and other meteorological variables in a given region over long periods. Climate can be contrasted to weather, which is the present condition of these variables over shorter periods. A region's climate is generated by the climate system, which has five components: atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, land surface, and biosphere. The climate of a location is affected by its latitude, terrain, and altitude, as well as nearby water bodies and their currents. Climates can be classified according to the average and the typical ranges of different variables, most commonly temperature and precipitation. The most commonly used classification scheme was originally developed by Wladimir Köppen. The Thornthwaite system, in use since 1948, incorporates evapotranspiration along with temperature and precipitation information and is used in studying animal species diversity and potential effects of climate changes. The Bergeron and Spatial Synoptic Classification systems focus on the origin of air masses that define the climate of a region. Paleoclimatology is the study of ancient climates. Since direct observations of climate are not available before the 19th century, paleoclimates are inferred from proxy variables that include non-biotic evidence such as sediments found in lake beds and ice cores, and biotic evidence such as tree rings and coral. Climate models are mathematical models of past, present and future climates. Climate change may occur over long and short timescales from a variety of factors; recent warming is discussed in global warming.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Climate

    klī′māt, n. the condition of a country or place with regard to temperature, moisture, &c.: (fig.) character of something.—v.i. (Shak.) to remain in a certain place.—adjs. Clī′matal, Climat′ic, -al, relating to climate.—v.t. Clī′matise (see Acclimatise).—adj. Climatograph′ical.—n. Climatog′raphy, a description of climates.—adj. Climatolog′ical, relating to climatology.—ns. Climatol′ogist, one skilled in the science of climatology; Climatol′ogy, the science of climates, or an investigation of the causes on which the climate of a place depends; Clī′mature (Shak.), climate. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. klima, klimatos, slope—klinein, to slope.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Climate

    The longterm manifestations of WEATHER. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6th ed)

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. climate

    Formerly meant a zone of the earth parallel to the equator, in which the days are of a certain length at the summer solstice. The term has now passed to the physical branch of geography, and means the general character of the weather.

Editors Contribution

  1. climate

    Weather at a specific location during a defined and specific unit of time.

    The climate changes during specific times when the energy changes within a specific location or country.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'climate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3452

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    Rank popularity for the word 'climate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4778

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'climate' in Nouns Frequency: #1368

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of climate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of climate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of climate in a Sentence

  1. Christina Stauffer:

    It's not cool to talk about climate change when you're getting a check cut from the oil companies for you.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    I do believe that both Canada and the United States can become even richer, more prosperous, but also more environmentally sustainable by having a broad engagement over energy and climate and not focusing everything on this one decision.

  3. Eric Norris:

    Lithium does enable our customers to deliver on their climate promises.

  4. Frank Benenati:

    The American people have made it clear they know climate change is real, and that we can protect the planet and grow the economy at the same time, climate deniers in Congress and those who would try to block efforts to address the climate challenge would do well to listen.

  5. Michael Lewis:

    People look at ESG as a luxury and when recession hits it gets thrown out of the window, there's still going to be significant pressure on policymakers not to take their eye off the ball, because of the financial materiality of climate change.

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