- 1The 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 walkMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Cold, wet, and unpleasant or unpredictable atmospheric conditions; the elements: stone walls provide shelter from wind and weatherMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 [as modifier] Denoting the side from which the wind is blowing, especially on board a ship; windward: the weather side of the yacht Contrasted with lee.More example sentences
- 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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- 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 lifeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [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 regionsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 (usually as noun weathering) Falconry Allow (a hawk) to spend a period perched on a block in the open air.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2Come safely through (a storm).More example sentences
- His ships weathered the storm, sailed west and reached Honduras in Central America.
- He aides the Master of the ship in trying to weather the storm.
- Vessels sheltering in the marina seemed to weather the storms very successfully.
- 2.1Withstand (a difficulty or danger): this year has tested industry’s ability to weather recessionMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2 Sailing (Of a ship) get to the windward of (a cape or other obstacle).More example sentences
- The ship could not weather the Cape Jackson point and was gradually driven on the lee shore.
keep a weather eye on
- Observe very carefully, especially for changes or developments.More 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]More 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.More 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.
Old English weder, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch weer and German Wetter, probably also to the noun wind1.