WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
weath•er /ˈwɛðɚ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Meteorologythe state or condition of the atmosphere with respect to wind, temperature, moisture, etc.
- to (cause to) be exposed to or affected by exposure to the weather: [~ + object]to weather lumber so that it dries out.[no object]The rock weathered through the centuries.
- to come safely through:[~ + object; often: ~ + through]to weather a storm; weathered through a difficult time.
- Idiomsunder the weather:
(weᵺ′ər),USA pronunciation n.
- Meteorologythe state of the atmosphere with respect to wind, temperature, cloudiness, moisture, pressure, etc.
- Meteorologya strong wind or storm or strong winds and storms collectively:We've had some real weather this spring.
- Meteorologya weathercast:The radio announcer will read the weather right after the commercial.
- Usually, weathers. changes or vicissitudes in one's lot or fortunes:She remained a good friend in all weathers.
- under the weather, [Informal.]
- somewhat indisposed;
- suffering from a hangover.
- more or less drunk:Many fatal accidents are caused by drivers who are under the weather.
- to expose to the weather;
dry, season, or otherwise affect by exposure to the air or atmosphere:to weather lumber before marketing it.
- to discolor, disintegrate, or affect injuriously, as by the effects of weather:These crumbling stones have been weathered by the centuries.
- to bear up against and come safely through (a storm, danger, trouble, etc.):to weather a severe illness.
- Nautical(of a ship, mariner, etc.) to pass or sail to the windward of:to weather a cape.
- Architectureto cause to slope, so as to shed water.
- to undergo change, esp. discoloration or disintegration, as the result of exposure to atmospheric conditions.
- to endure or resist exposure to the weather:a coat that weathers well.
- to go or come safely through a storm, danger, trouble, etc. (usually fol. by through):It was a difficult time for her, but she weathered through beautifully.
- bef. 900; Middle English (noun, nominal), Old English weder; cognate with Dutch weder, German Wetter, Old Norse vethr
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
weather /ˈwɛðə/ n
- the day-to-day meteorological conditions, esp temperature, cloudiness, and rainfall, affecting a specific place
- (modifier) relating to the forecasting of weather: a weather ship
- make heavy weather ⇒ (of a vessel) to roll and pitch in heavy seas
- (followed by of) to carry out with great difficulty or unnecessarily great effort
- under the weather ⇒ informal not in good health
- (prenominal) on or at the side or part towards the wind; windward: the weather anchor
Etymology: Old English weder; related to Old Saxon wedar, Old High German wetar, Old Norse vethrˈweatherer n
- to expose or be exposed to the action of the weather
- to undergo or cause to undergo changes, such as discoloration, due to the action of the weather
- (intransitive) to withstand the action of the weather
- when intr, followed by through: to endure (a crisis, danger, etc)
- (transitive) to slope (a surface, such as a roof, sill, etc) so as to throw rainwater clear
- (transitive) to sail to the windward of: to weather a point
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