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[mee-tee-uh-rol-uh-jee] /ˌmi ti əˈrɒl ə dʒi/
the science dealing with the atmosphere and its phenomena, including weather and climate.
the atmospheric conditions and weather of an area.
Origin of meteorology
1610-20; < Greek meteōrología discussion of celestial phenomena. See meteor, -o-, -logy
Related forms
meteorologist, noun Unabridged
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  • These principles guided the science of meteorology into the modern age.
  • The relatively new science of solar weather prediction remains argumentative, however, not unlike terrestrial meteorology.
  • meteorology is the scientific study of the atmosphere, focusing on weather processes and forecasting.
  • The same thing is about to happen to space meteorology.
  • His interests include playing the piano, studying elephants, and meteorology.
  • Though the region's meteorology has not changed, the perception among surfers has.
  • He was immersed in an independent project, following his interest in meteorology.
  • Elsewhere that quirk of meteorology might seem trivial.
  • Climatology is to meteorology what astrology is to astronomy.
  • meteorology isn't considered one of the more dangerous professions.
British Dictionary definitions for meteorology


the study of the earth's atmosphere, esp of weather-forming processes and weather forecasting
Derived Forms
meteorological (ˌmiːtɪərəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), meteorologic, adjective
meteorologically, adverb
meteorologist, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek meteorolōgia, from meteōron something aloft + -logia-logy. See meteor
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Word Origin and History for meteorology

"science of the atmosphere, weather forecasting," 1610s, from French météorologie and directly from Greek meteorologia "treatise on celestial phenomena, discussion of high things," from meteoron, literally "thing high up" (see meteor), + -logia "treatment of" (see -logy).

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meteorology in Science
The scientific study of the atmosphere and of atmospheric conditions, especially as they relate to weather and weather forecasting.
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meteorology in Culture

meteorology definition

The study of the weather and climate.

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