weather

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

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

b) Unpleasant or destructive atmospheric conditions, and its effects.

One complained of a bad cold in his head, upon which Jonah mixed him a pitch-like potion of gin and molasses, which he swore was a sovereign cure for all colds and catarrhs whatsoever, never mind of how long standing, or whether caught off the coast of Labrador, or on the weather side of an ice-island.

2. verb /ˈwɛðɚ/
a) To expose to the weather, or show the effects of such exposure, or to withstand such effects.

Joshua weathered a collision with a freighter near South Africa.

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

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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