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the state of the atmosphere at a place and time as regards heat, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain, etc.:if the weather’s good, we can go for a walk cold, wet, and unpleasant or unpredictable atmospheric conditions; the elements:stone walls provide shelter from wind and weather [as modifier] denoting the side from which the wind is blowing, especially on board a ship; windward:the weather side of the yachtContrasted with lee.
verb [with object]
1wear away or change the appearance or texture of (something) by long exposure to the air:his skin was weathered almost black by his long outdoor life [no object] (of rock or other material) be worn away or altered by long exposure to the air:the ice sheet preserves specimens that would weather away more quickly in other regions
(usually as noun weathering
) Falconry allow (a hawk) to spend a period perched on a block in the open air.
2come safely through (a storm). withstand (a difficulty or danger):this year has tested industry’s ability to weather recession Sailing (of a ship) get to the windward of (a cape or other obstacle). 3make (boards or tiles) overlap downward to keep out rain. (in building) slope or bevel (a surface) to throw off rain.