Adjective "weathering" definition and examples

(Weathering may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


The state of the atmosphere at a particular place and time as regards heat, cloudiness, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain, etc.
  1. 'He said the trek had been something of an ordeal over difficult terrain and there had been days of miserable weather with wind, rain and snow.'
  2. 'We need some rain though and dry weather has been forecast up to Thursday.'
  3. 'This work will be carried out in the near future weather permitting.'
  4. 'After basking in hot summer sunshine, the weather broke and torrential rain and flash floods brought chaos across Greater Manchester.'
  5. 'Forecasters said the UK would take on a tropical feel, with sticky and muggy weather making conditions unpleasant.'
  6. 'We are two thirds of the way through the winter season without any cold weather or significant snowfall.'
  7. 'The work was due to start on January 5 but was delayed due to bad weather.'
  8. 'A Met Office spokesman said that the cold weather would continue until Sunday, when it should become milder.'
  9. 'The cold weather has been suddenly replaced by warm humid conditions.'
  10. 'You have all the elements of a potential disaster in the making, speed, unpredictable elements, cold weather and mountains.'
  11. 'stone walls provide shelter from wind and weather'
  12. 'We shelter from the weather under a clump of trees.'
  13. 'The second attempt was made by running in from the stern and passing close down the weather side.'
  14. 'Normal deck duties were not possible, so we continually chipped ice from the weather side, as the sea froze on the deck.'


Wear away or change the appearance or texture of (something) by long exposure to the atmosphere.
  1. 'His frame was aged and weathered, but he did not look old by any means.'
  2. 'Little by little, she was making repairs, yet trying to maintain the authentic feel of the place, using older, more weathered wood.'
  3. 'The bricks had been weathered and the stone and brickwork needed repairing.'
  4. 'Their vegetation, mostly scrub pine, is noticeably weathered from the fierce storms that punish this area.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'Her frame was small, her back was bent, and her skin was weathered, but her vigorous soul persevered.'
  7. 'Old, his face was weathered and wrinkled, but he always had a smile for the strange woman and her sporadic emotional outbursts.'
  8. 'the ice sheet preserves specimens that would weather away more quickly in other regions'
  9. 'In some cases parents had built classrooms for a school, only to see them slowly weather away; in a few cases teachers had taken a hand in the building.'
  10. 'Wood weathers with age and expands and contracts according to weather conditions.'
  11. 'A small hammer and chisel could be used, but we found more crystals that had weathered from the rock then we could collect.'
  12. 'A lot of the old revenue service paint had weathered off over the years in the more exposed locations although there was plenty left.'
  13. 'As the fossils weather out of their matrix, they break into pieces and disperse; complete specimens are rare.'
  14. 'But all too often, these structures are simply left to weather away with little or no thought to their upkeep.'
  15. 'Unfortunately, some rocks weather into a sort of brown almost burnt crust on the outside, so that can be confusing.'
  16. 'There's a sense that the rock has weathered differently in different places.'
  17. 'Another option to consider is to allow the wood to weather naturally.'
  18. 'Weeds surrounded what once appeared to be beautiful landscaping, the paint had weathered and was peeling in some spots, and a gutter leaned against the building by the door.'
(of a ship) come safely through (a storm)
  1. 'On top of these requirements they had to be strong enough to weather the storms of the Channel and the dramatic tide differences of the Normandy coast.'
  2. 'The Challenger crew sighted their first iceberg on February 10, 1874, after weathering a storm of such ferocity that the ship was forced to run under treble-reefed topsails.'
  3. 'His ships weathered the storm, sailed west and reached Honduras in Central America.'
  4. 'The British economy over the same period grew by 2.8% and has weathered the recent downturn better.'
  5. 'But many more similar measures are needed to help businesses weather the extremely difficult conditions ahead.'
  6. 'Overall, the company is cutting costs and making profits, weathering the difficult economic conditions very well.'
  7. 'The family feel an immense sense of satisfaction after weathering all the dangers to reach Australia, where they are building a new life with friends and family who are already there.'
  8. 'The news was welcomed by traders in the city who have weathered a difficult winter, as they vowed to keep up the momentum.'
  9. 'But if the euro-zone economy is to weather future downturns better, the process must start.'
  10. 'Anglo-American air power relations have successfully weathered serious political tensions because leaders have focused on strategic goals.'
  11. 'The database giant appears to have weathered the downturn.'
  12. 'By the 1760s, therefore, it seemed that the church had successfully weathered a century of intense religious conflict.'
  13. '‘We have successfully weathered the most difficult times in recent years,’ chairman and managing director Lo Yuk-sui said.'
  14. 'The ship could not weather the Cape Jackson point and was gradually driven on the lee shore.'
Make (boards or tiles) overlap downwards to keep out rain.
    Allow (a hawk) to spend a period perched in the open air.
    1. '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.'

    More definitions

    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.Compare chemical weathering, mechanical weathering.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "slumps can be weathering."

    "glitcheses can be weathering."

    "winds can be weathering."

    "resistances can be weathering."

    "pressures can be weathering."

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    Old English weder, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch weer and German Wetter, probably also to the noun wind.


    end of the golden weather
    in all weathers
    keep a weather eye on
    make heavy weather of
    under the weather