What does weather mean?

Definitions for weather
ˈwɛð ərweath·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. weather, weather condition, conditions, atmospheric conditionadjective

    the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation

    "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. upwind, weather(a)verb

    towards the side exposed to wind

  3. weather, endure, brave, brave outverb

    face and withstand with courage

    "She braved the elements"

  4. weatherverb

    cause to slope

  5. weatherverb

    sail to the windward of

  6. weatherverb

    change under the action or influence of the weather

    "A weathered old hut"


  1. weathernoun

    The short term state of the atmosphere at a specific time and place, including the temperature, humidity, cloud cover, precipitation, wind, etc.

  2. weathernoun

    Unpleasant or destructive atmospheric conditions, and its effects.

    Wooden garden furniture must be well oiled as it is continuously exposed to weather.

  3. weathernoun

    The direction from which the wind is blowing; used attributively to indicate the windward side.

  4. weathernoun

    A situation.

  5. weatherverb

    To expose to the weather, or show the effects of such exposure, or to withstand such effects.

  6. weatherverb

    To pass to windward in a vessel, especially to beat 'round.

  7. weatherverb

    To endure or survive an event or action without undue damage.

    Joshua weathered a collision with a freighter near South Africa.

  8. Etymology: weder, from wedran, from wedʰrom (=we-dʰrom). Cognate with Dutch weer, German Wetter, Old Norse veðr (Danish vejr, Swedish väder) and with Russian вёдро.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WEATHERnoun

    Etymology: weder , Saxon.

    Who’s there, besides foul weather? —— One mended like the weather, most unquietly. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    I am far better born than is the king;
    But I must make fair weather yet a while,
    Till Henry be more weak and I more strong. William Shakespeare.

    Men must content themselves to travel in all weathers, and through all difficulties. Roger L'Estrange.

    The sun
    Foretells the change of weather in the skies,
    Through mists he shoots his sullen beams,
    Suspect a drisling day. Dryden.

    It is a reverend thing to see an ancient castle not in decay; how much more to behold an ancient family, which have stood against the waves and weathers of time? Francis Bacon.

    What gusts of weather from that gath’ring cloud,
    My thoughts presage. John Dryden, Virgil.

  2. To Weatherverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    He perch’d on some branch thereby,
    To weather him and his moist wings to dry. Edmund Spenser.

    Mustard-seed gather for being too ripe,
    And weather it wel, yer ye give it a stripe. Thomas Tusser.

    He weather’d fell Charibdis; but ere long,
    The skies were darkened, and the tempests strong. Samuel Garth.

    Could they weather and stand the shock of an eternal duration, and yet be at any time subject to a dissolution. Matthew Hale.

    We have been tugging a great while against the stream, and have almost weather’d our point; a stretch or two more will do the work. Addison.

    When we have pass’d these gloomy hours,
    And weather’d out the storm that beats upon us. Addison.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Weathernoun

    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

  2. Weathernoun

    vicissitude of season; meteorological change; alternation of the state of the air

  3. Weathernoun

    storm; tempest

  4. Weathernoun

    a light rain; a shower

  5. Weatherverb

    to expose to the air; to air; to season by exposure to air

  6. Weatherverb

    hence, to sustain the trying effect of; to bear up against and overcome; to sustain; to endure; to resist; as, to weather the storm

  7. Weatherverb

    to sail or pass to the windward of; as, to weather a cape; to weather another ship

  8. Weatherverb

    to place (a hawk) unhooded in the open air

  9. Weatherverb

    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

  10. Weatheradjective

    being toward the wind, or windward -- opposed to lee; as, weather bow, weather braces, weather gauge, weather lifts, weather quarter, weather shrouds, etc

  11. Etymology: [OE. weder, AS. weder; akin to OS. wedar, OFries. weder, D. weder, wer, G. wetter, OHG. wetar, Icel. ver, Dan. veir, Sw. vder 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. Weather

    Weather is the state of the atmosphere, to the degree that it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy. Most weather phenomena occur in the troposphere, just below the stratosphere. Weather generally refers to day-to-day temperature and precipitation activity, whereas climate is the term for the average atmospheric conditions over longer periods of time. When used without qualification, "weather" is understood to be the weather of Earth. Weather is driven by air pressure differences between one place and another. These pressure and temperature differences can occur due to the sun angle at any particular spot, which varies by latitude from the tropics. The strong temperature contrast between polar and tropical air gives rise to the jet stream. Weather systems in the mid-latitudes, such as extratropical cyclones, are caused by instabilities of the jet stream flow. Because the Earth's axis is tilted relative to its orbital plane, sunlight is incident at different angles at different times of the year. On Earth's surface, temperatures usually range ±40 °C annually. Over thousands of years, changes in Earth's orbit affect the amount and distribution of solar energy received by the Earth and influence long-term climate and global climate change.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Weather

    weth′ėr, n. state of the air as to heat or cold, dryness, wetness, cloudiness, &c.—v.t. to affect by exposing to the air: to sail to the windward of: to gain or pass, as a promontory or cape: to hold out stoutly against difficulties.—v.i. to become discoloured by exposure.—adj. (naut.) toward the wind, windward.—adjs. Weath′er-beat′en, distressed or seasoned by the weather; Weath′er-bit′ten, worn or defaced by exposure to the winds.—n. Weath′er-board, the windward side of a ship: a plank in the port of a laid-up vessel placed so as to keep off rain, without preventing air to circulate.—v.t. to fit with such planks.—n. Weath′er-board′ing, thin boards placed overlapping to keep out rain: exterior covering of a wall or roof.—adj. Weath′er-bound, delayed by bad weather.—ns. Weath′er-box, -house, a toy constructed on the principle of a barometer, consisting of a house with the figures of a man and wife who come out alternately as the weather is respectively bad or good; Weath′er-cloth, a tarpaulin protecting boats, hammocks, &c.; Weath′ercock, a vane (often in the form of a cock) to show the direction of the wind: anything turning easily and often.—v.t. to act as a weathercock for.—p.adj. Weath′er-driv′en, driven by winds or storms.—adj. Weath′ered (archit.), made slightly sloping, so as to throw off water: (geol.) having the surface altered in colour, form, texture, or composition by the action of the elements.—n. Weath′er-eye, the eye considered as the means by which one forecasts the weather.—v.t. Weath′er-fend (Shak.), to defend from the weather, to shelter.—ns. Weath′er-gage, the position of a ship to the windward of another: advantage of position; Weath′er-glass, a glass or instrument that indicates the changes of the weather: a barometer; Weath′er-gleam (prov.), a bright aspect of the sky at the horizon; Weath′er-helm, a keeping of the helm somewhat a-weather when a vessel shows a tendency to come into the wind while sailing; Weath′ering (archit.), a slight inclination given to the top of a cornice or moulding, to prevent water from lodging on it: (geol.) the action of the elements in altering the form, colour, texture, or composition of rocks.—adj. Weath′erly (naut.), making little leeway when close-hauled.—n. Weath′er-map, a map indicating meteorological conditions over a large tract of country.—adj. Weath′ermost, farthest to windward.—n. Weath′er-notā′tion, a system of abbreviation for meteorological phenomena.—adj. Weath′er-proof, proof against rough weather.—ns. Weath′er-proph′et, one who foretells weather: a device for foretelling the weather; Weath′er-roll, the lurch of a vessel to windward when in the trough of the sea; Weath′er-ser′vice, an institution for superintending and utilising observed meteorological phenomena; Weath′er-side, the windward side; Weath′er-sign, a phenomenon indicating change of weather: any prognostic; Weath′er-stain, discolouration produced by exposure; Weath′er-stā′tion, a station where phenomena of weather are observed; Weath′er-strip, a thin piece of some material used to keep out wind and cold; Weath′er-sym′bol, a conventional sign indicating some meteorological phenomenon.—adjs. Weath′er-wise, wise or skilful in foreseeing the changes or state of the weather; Weath′er-worn, worn by exposure to the weather.—Weather anchor, the anchor lying to windward; Weather a point, to gain an advantage or accomplish a purpose against opposition; Weather out (obs.), to hold out against till the end.—Keep one's weather eye open, to be on one's guard, to have one's wits in readiness; Make fair weather (Shak.), to conciliate: to flatter; Stress of weather, violent and especially unfavourable winds, force of tempests. [A.S. weder; Ice. vedhr, Ger. wetter.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Weather

    The state of the ATMOSPHERE over minutes to months.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. weather

    [from the Anglo-Saxon wæder, the temperature of the air]. Thestate of the atmosphere with regard to the degree of wind, to heat andcold, or to dryness and moisture, but particularly to the first. It is aword also applied to everything lying to windward of a particularsituation, hence a ship is said to have the weather-gage of anotherwhen further to windward. Thus also, when a ship under sail presentseither of her sides to the wind, it is then called the weather-side,and all the rigging situated thereon is distinguished by the sameepithet. It is the opposite of lee. To weather anything is to go towindward of it. The land to windward, is a weather shore.

Editors Contribution

  1. weather

    An expression of energy.

    The weather is balanced and peaceful across the countries.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'weather' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1943

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'weather' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1246

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'weather' in Nouns Frequency: #806

Anagrams for weather »

  1. weareth

  2. whate'er

  3. wheater

  4. whereat

  5. wreathe

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of weather in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of weather in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of weather in a Sentence

  1. Achintya Mangla:

    Technology and healthcare have two things in common: structural growth meaning growth is less correlated to global GDP growth and they're closely aligned with consumer trends and behavior. Investors have greater conviction in terms of investment in these sectors, these sectors are seen as more likely to weather short term volatility and geo-political risk.

  2. Daniel Swain:

    The commonality that we're seeing across most fire-prone regions on Earth is an increase in the number of extreme fire weather days, and also an increase in the magnitude of the very worst severe fire weather days, and that is linked to human-caused climate change.

  3. Mary Bassett:

    The New York City water supply does not pose a risk, so people should continue to feel confident in drinking tap water to stay cool during this period of hot weather.

  4. Andrew Buchsbaum:

    It’s incomprehensible with the sophisticated weather routing technology that’s available that an over 700-foot merchant vessel can be caught in the middle of a previously forecasted hurricane.

  5. Alberto Morelli:

    Because of weather conditions, they have stopped harvesting late-seeded corn in most areas.

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    • A. epidemic
    • B. defiant
    • C. extroversive
    • D. foreordained

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