follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

weathering

[weth -er-ing] /ˈwɛð ər ɪŋ/
noun
1.
Architecture, wash (def 44).
2.
material used as a weather strip.
3.
Geology. the various mechanical and chemical processes that cause exposed rock to decompose.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; weather + -ing1

weather

[weth -er] /ˈwɛð ər/
noun
1.
the state of the atmosphere with respect to wind, temperature, cloudiness, moisture, pressure, etc.
2.
a strong wind or storm or strong winds and storms collectively:
We've had some real weather this spring.
3.
a weathercast:
The radio announcer will read the weather right after the commercial.
4.
Usually, weathers. changes or vicissitudes in one's lot or fortunes:
She remained a good friend in all weathers.
verb (used with object)
5.
to expose to the weather; dry, season, or otherwise affect by exposure to the air or atmosphere:
to weather lumber before marketing it.
6.
to discolor, disintegrate, or affect injuriously, as by the effects of weather:
These crumbling stones have been weathered by the centuries.
7.
to bear up against and come safely through (a storm, danger, trouble, etc.):
to weather a severe illness.
8.
Nautical. (of a ship, mariner, etc.) to pass or sail to the windward of:
to weather a cape.
9.
Architecture. to cause to slope, so as to shed water.
verb (used without object)
10.
to undergo change, especially discoloration or disintegration, as the result of exposure to atmospheric conditions.
11.
to endure or resist exposure to the weather:
a coat that weathers well.
12.
to go or come safely through a storm, danger, trouble, etc. (usually followed by through):
It was a difficult time for her, but she weathered through beautifully.
Idioms
13.
under the weather, Informal.
  1. somewhat indisposed; ailing; ill.
  2. suffering from a hangover.
  3. more or less drunk:
    Many fatal accidents are caused by drivers who are under the weather.
Origin
before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English weder; cognate with Dutch weder, German Wetter, Old Norse vethr
Related forms
weatherer, noun
Can be confused
weather, whether, whither, wither (see synonym study at wither)
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for weathering
  • Along the river, barge operators are weathering the economic turbulence.
  • While he was consoling me on my disappointing market debut, he was weathering his own stormy job-search seas.
  • The corrosive chemistry and dense, moving atmosphere cause significant surface weathering and erosion.
  • The second is the measurement of the weathering of marble and other gravestones, which requires a micrometer.
  • The topsoil is relatively thin and was formed by weathering of the underlying bedrock.
  • Some people may actually prefer sensing immediate pain wholesale by weathering it out in a scaled and proportionate manner.
  • Weaver has commented that he would not be surprised if similar anatase particles appeared in other clays formed by weathering.
  • The company hired an outside consultant this year to help it devise a new management plan for weathering the economic crisis.
  • The building makes use of the weathering cliffs for its superstructure.
  • Eons of weathering have created a mazelike pattern of badlands that captures the eye.
British Dictionary definitions for weathering

weathering

/ˈwɛðərɪŋ/
noun
1.
the mechanical and chemical breakdown of rocks by the action of rain, snow, cold, etc

weather

/ˈwɛðə/
noun
1.
  1. the day-to-day meteorological conditions, esp temperature, cloudiness, and rainfall, affecting a specific place Compare climate (sense 1)
  2. (modifier) relating to the forecasting of weather a weather ship
2.
a prevailing state or condition
3.
make heavy weather
  1. (of a vessel) to roll and pitch in heavy seas
  2. (foll by of) to carry out with great difficulty or unnecessarily great effort
4.
(informal) under the weather
  1. not in good health
  2. intoxicated
adjective
5.
(prenominal) on or at the side or part towards the wind; windward the weather anchor Compare lee (sense 4)
verb
6.
to expose or be exposed to the action of the weather
7.
to undergo or cause to undergo changes, such as discoloration, due to the action of the weather
8.
(intransitive) to withstand the action of the weather
9.
when intr, foll by through. to endure (a crisis, danger, etc)
10.
(transitive) to slope (a surface, such as a roof, sill, etc) so as to throw rainwater clear
11.
(transitive) to sail to the windward of to weather a point
Derived Forms
weatherability, noun
weatherer, noun
Word Origin
Old English weder; related to Old Saxon wedar, Old High German wetar, Old Norse vethr
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for weathering

weather

n.

Old English weder, from Proto-Germanic *wedran (cf. Old Saxon wedar, Old Norse veðr, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Dutch weder, Old High German wetar, German Wetter "storm, wind, weather"), from PIE *we-dhro-, "weather," from root *we- "to blow" (see wind (n.)). Spelling with -th- first appeared 15c., though pronunciation may be much older.

Weather-beaten is from 1520s. Under the weather "indisposed" is from 1827. Greek had words for "good weather" (aithria, eudia) and words for "storm" and "winter," but no generic word for "weather" until kairos (literally "time") began to be used as such in Byzantine times. Latin tempestas "weather" (see tempest) also originally meant "time;" and words for "time" also came to mean weather in Irish (aimsir), Serbo-Croatian (vrijeme), Polish (czas), etc.

v.

"come through safely," 1650s, from weather (n.). Sense of "wear away by exposure" is from 1757. Related: Weathered; weathering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
weathering in Science
weather
  (wě'ər)   
The state of the atmosphere at a particular time and place. Weather is described in terms of variable conditions such as temperature, humidity, wind velocity, precipitation, and barometric pressure. Weather on Earth occurs primarily in the troposphere, or lower atmosphere, and is driven by energy from the Sun and the rotation of the Earth. The average weather conditions of a region over time are used to define a region's climate.
weathering
  (wě'ər-ĭng)   
Any of the chemical or mechanical processes by which rocks exposed to the weather undergo chemical decomposition and physical disintegration. Although weathering usually occurs at the Earth's surface, it can also occur at significant depths, for example through the percolation of groundwater through fractures in bedrock. It usually results in changes in the color, texture, composition, or hardness of the affected rocks.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
weathering in Culture

weather definition


The daily conditions of the atmosphere in terms of temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind, and moisture.

weathering definition


The process by which rocks are broken down into small grains and soil. Weathering can happen through rainfall, ice formation, or the action of living things, such as algae and plant roots. It is part of the geological cycle.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with weathering
In addition to the idiom beginning with
weather
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for weathering

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for weathering

17
18
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with weathering