What does weathering mean?

Definitions for weatheringˈwɛð ər ɪŋ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word weathering.


  1. weathering(Noun)

    Weather, especially favourable or fair weather.

  2. weathering(Noun)

    Mechanical or chemical breaking down of rocks in situ by weather or other causes.

  3. weathering(Noun)

    A slight inclination given to an approximately horizontal surface to enable it to throw off water.

  4. Origin: From wederyng, equivalent to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Weathering

    of Weather

  2. Weathering(noun)

    the action of the elements on a rock in altering its color, texture, or composition, or in rounding off its edges


  1. Weathering

    Weathering is the breaking down of rocks, soils and minerals as well as artificial materials through contact with the Earth's atmosphere, biota and waters. Weathering occurs in situ, or "with no movement", and thus should not be confused with erosion, which involves the movement of rocks and minerals by agents such as water, ice, snow, wind, waves and gravity. Two important classifications of weathering processes exist – physical and chemical weathering; each sometimes involves a biological component. Mechanical or physical weathering involves the breakdown of rocks and soils through direct contact with atmospheric conditions, such as heat, water, ice and pressure. The second classification, chemical weathering, involves the direct effect of atmospheric chemicals or biologically produced chemicals in the breakdown of rocks, soils and minerals. The materials left over after the rock breaks down combined with organic material creates soil. The mineral content of the soil is determined by the parent material, thus a soil derived from a single rock type can often be deficient in one or more minerals for good fertility, while a soil weathered from a mix of rock types often makes more fertile soil. In addition many of Earth's landforms and landscapes are the result of weathering processes combined with erosion and re-deposition.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of weathering in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of weathering in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Harriett Baldwin:

    Financial markets are capable of weathering challenges, they adapt quickly and they find new opportunities.

  2. Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer:

    While the dollar's appreciation and foreign weakness have been a sizable shock, the U.S. economy appears to be weathering them reasonably well.

  3. Kenneth Angielczyk:

    They were found on the surface of rock outcrops we were prospecting for fossils, they had already undergone some weathering, which is reflected by the fact that neither specimen is complete.

  4. Briton Murray:

    You have to expect the unexpected against him, i feel like I have done a good job of kind of weathering the storms, he always has some periods in the matches where he's on fire and hits some unbelievable shots.

  5. Leandris Liburd:

    These findings are generally consistent with previous reports that use the term 'weathering,' which suggests that blacks experience premature aging and earlier health decline than whites and that this decline in health accumulates across the entire lifespan and potentially across generations. This happens as a consequence of psychosocial, economic and environmental stressors.

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