Definition of weather in English:
- Due to the bad weather, torrential rain and wind, the game was halted after the first half.
- After basking in hot summer sunshine, the weather broke and torrential rain and flash floods brought chaos across Greater Manchester.
- The Met Office has predicted an unsettled period of weather with rain and wind.
- We shelter from the weather under a clump of trees.
- Attaching these to a wall or covering in on one or two sides will help protect those using the shelter from the weather.
- Take the man alongside your boat so the man is on the weather side of your boat.
- Normal deck duties were not possible, so we continually chipped ice from the weather side, as the sea froze on the deck.
- The second attempt was made by running in from the stern and passing close down the weather side.
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- Old, his face was weathered and wrinkled, but he always had a smile for the strange woman and her sporadic emotional outbursts.
- A small crevice in the cliff allowed them passage, into a very small, shadowy space between many boulders and the remains of a gnarled, weathered tree.
- Bill Harney has the gnarled hands and weathered hat of a lifetime's work with cattle.
- Materials have weathered well in the ten years since the building was completed.
- Requiring no artificial preservative, the wood weathers naturally and turning silver with age will merge into water and sky.
- As carbonate rocks weather, the insoluble fractions are introduced into the cave deposits.
- Bobby hoisted his one-year-old son, Aidan, into a backpack and went to transfer two pet hawks from their outdoor weathering perch to an indoor mews.
- The outdoor facilities are often called the ‘weathering areas’; these areas should be covered with wire or netting or roofed, so that the Red Tailed Hawk is not bothered by other animals.
- General weathering is very important for young birds.
- The news was welcomed by traders in the city who have weathered a difficult winter, as they vowed to keep up the momentum.
- We have been able, therefore, to weather a very difficult economic climate.
- ‘We have successfully weathered the most difficult times in recent years,’ chairman and managing director Lo Yuk-sui said.
wither from (Late Middle English):
Wither and weather (Old English) seem to be the same word, the different forms coming to be used for different senses. Weather itself is from a Germanic root linked to wind. The phrase wither away originated in early 20th century tracts about Marxist philosophy describing the decline of the state after a dictatorship has effected changes in society such that the state's domination is no longer necessary.
keep a weather eye on
- Observe very carefully, especially for changes or developments.Example sentences
- The legislation sets strict rules on how such data may be used and displayed, levying fines for serious breaches, so it's worth keeping a weather eye on dataprotection.gov.uk to stay within the law.
- It is important that we do keep a weather eye on the horizon, watching for any significant indications that cyber terror actually will appear.
- Throughout this debate I have expressed an opinion in favour of removing the offending articles while keeping a weather eye on the wider political agenda.
make heavy weather of
- informal Have unnecessary difficulty in dealing with (a task or problem).[from the nautical phrase make good or bad weather of it, referring to a ship in a storm]Example sentences
- But Councillor Steve Galloway said: ‘I think we are making heavy weather of it all.’
- Almost week by week the evidence grows of a strengthening and sustainable recovery in the US while the continental economies continue to make heavy weather of a global pick-up.
- For a serious woman who can make heavy weather of life, she has a very sunny side.
under the weather
- informal Slightly unwell or in low spirits.Example sentences
- I feel sick, have a painful headache and feel a bit under the weather, but I know that if I push myself and get out of bed I will feel better.
- And every time I go for a stroll by the river when I'm feeling a bit under the weather, I come back home wondering why I felt so poorly in the first place.
- So I'm more than a bit under the weather at present.
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