Meaning of WEATHER in English



1. weather

2. connected with the weather

3. information about the weather

4. good weather

5. bad weather

6. weather that changes a lot

7. hot weather

8. cold weather

9. rain

10. snow and ice

11. cloudy

12. windy

13. storm

14. happening or used in any kind of weather


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1. weather

▷ weather /ˈweðəʳ/ [uncountable noun]

use this to talk about whether it is hot or cold outside or whether it is raining, snowing, windy etc :

▪ Weather patterns have been changing as a result of global warming.

the weather

▪ What was the weather like on your vacation?

▪ We want to have a picnic on Saturday, but it depends on the weather.

hot/warm/wet etc weather

▪ a period of warm sunny weather

▪ I don’t like going to work on my bike in wet weather.

weather permitting

if the weather is suitable

▪ We’ll play softball in the park tomorrow, weather permitting.

▷ it /ɪt/ [pronoun] spoken

use this to talk about what the weather is like :

▪ What’s it like in Spain at this time of year? Is it really hot?

it’s cold/sunny/cloudy etc

▪ The weather forecast says it’s going to be cloudy tomorrow.

▪ It was cool and sunny when we left this morning.

▷ climate /ˈklaɪmɪt, ˈklaɪmət/ [countable noun]

the usual weather conditions in a particular country or area :

▪ Queensland has a warm tropical climate.

▪ These flowers will not grow in a cold climate.

climate of

▪ The climate of southern Florida attracts thousands of tourists each winter.

climate change

changes in average temperature, weather conditions etc

▪ The recent floods are said to be caused by climate change in the northern hemisphere.

▷ conditions /kənˈdɪʃ ə nz/ [plural noun]

the weather at a particular time, especially when considering how this will affect an event or activity that has been planned, such as a journey or a race :

▪ Conditions are perfect for today’s boat race.

▪ If the conditions are really bad we’ll have to postpone the trip and stay at home.

weather conditions

▪ We can expect a return to normal weather conditions this weekend.

freezing/icy/stormy etc conditions

▪ Freezing conditions are making the roads extremely hazardous and drivers are warned to take extra care.

2. connected with the weather

▷ climatic /klaɪˈmætɪk/ [adjective only before noun] especially written

connected with the weather in a large area over a long period of time :

▪ toxic gases that threaten the earth’s climatic balance

▪ The types of rice grown in a country depend on climatic conditions.

▪ Climatic changes are caused by the increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

▷ meteorological /ˌmiːtiərəˈlɒdʒɪk ə lǁ-ˈlɑː-/ [adjective only before noun]

connected with the scientific study of the weather :

▪ Meteorological reports are fed into a computer, which helps scientists make accurate predictions about the weather.

▪ His meteorological observations resulted in a theory of how tropical storms arise in the Gulf of Mexico.

▷ atmospheric /ˌætməsˈferɪk◂/ [adjective only before noun]

connected with the air that surrounds the earth and how it affects the weather :

▪ Snow crystals form when atmospheric conditions turn water vapour into ice.

▪ The cylinder swelled and contracted with the changing atmospheric pressure.

3. information about the weather

▷ weather forecast /ˈweðəʳ ˌfɔːʳkɑːstǁ-kæst/ [countable noun]

a description of what the weather will probably be like in the near future, for example on the radio, television, or in newspapers :

▪ The weather forecast predicted blizzards for Scotland.

▪ ‘Do you think it’s going to rain?’ ‘Well it said so on the weather forecast.’

▷ weather report /ˈweðəʳ rɪˌpɔːʳt/ [countable noun]

a description of the weather conditions now and in the near future, especially one on the radio or television :

▪ There are weather reports every hour to keep you up to date with driving conditions in your area.

▪ And now over to the London Weather Centre for the latest weather report.

▷ the weather /ðə ˈweðəʳ/ [singular noun] informal

a short radio, television, or newspaper report saying what the weather is likely to be in the near future :

▪ The news from your area will follow the weather in five minutes time.

▷ the outlook /ði ˈaʊtlʊk/ [singular noun]

what the weather will probably be like for the next few days, especially according to information provided by the radio, television, or newspapers :

▪ I’m afraid the outlook isn’t very good -- they say it’s going to rain tomorrow.

the outlook for tomorrow/the weekend etc

▪ The outlook for the weekend is for continued sunny weather.

4. good weather

▷ good weather /gʊd ˈweðəʳ/ [uncountable noun]

weather that is sunny and warm :

get/have good weather

▪ We go to Greece every Easter, and we usually get good weather.

▪ We had good weather apart from one day of heavy rain.

a spell/run of good weather

▪ You must be ready to take advantage of any spell of good weather.

in good weather

▪ Sometimes, in good weather, he walked to work across the fields.

▷ beautiful/gorgeous/glorious /ˈbjuːtɪf ə l, ˈbjuːtəf ə l, ˈgɔːʳdʒəs, ˈglɔːriəs/ [adjective] especially spoken

very sunny and warm :

▪ It was a glorious day with blue skies.

▪ We had three weeks of absolutely gorgeous weather.

it is beautiful/gorgeous/glorious

▪ What’s happened to the weather? It was beautiful last week.

▷ nice spoken also lovely especially British, spoken /naɪs, ˈlʌvli/ [adjective]

pleasantly warm and sunny :

▪ Morning, Bill. Nice weather, isn’t it?

it’s a nice day/it’s a lovely morning etc

▪ It’s a lovely day - why don’t we go for a walk?

▷ fine /faɪn/ [adjective] especially British

if the weather is fine, it is not raining and the sky is clear :

▪ Next week will be fine but a little cooler.

▪ a fine spring evening

▪ It can take several days of fine weather for the grass to dry out.

▷ dry /draɪ/ [adjective]

if the weather is dry, it does not rain :

▪ The dry weather will continue for several days

▪ Southern areas should stay dry until the early evening.

the dry season

the time of year when there is little or no rain

▪ During the dry season, many of the swamps turn to hard-baked mud.

▷ sunny /ˈsʌni/ [adjective]

if the weather is sunny, the sun is shining :

▪ a lovely sunny afternoon

▪ It’s going to be sunny all day.

sunny spells/intervals

especially British short periods of sunny weather

▪ The weather will remain dry with sunny spells.

▷ sunshine /ˈsʌnʃaɪn/ [uncountable noun]

warm bright light from the sun :

▪ We sat on the patio enjoying the autumn sunshine.

▪ Northern regions will start dry with some sunshine.

▷ in the sun /ɪn ðə ˈsʌn/ [adverb]

where the sun is shining down :

▪ I get a rash every time I go in the sun.

▪ Put the plant on a window sill in the sun.

lie/laze/bask etc in the sun

▪ We spent all day lazing around in the sun.

5. bad weather

▷ bad weather /bæd ˈweðəʳ/ [uncountable noun]

when it is raining, snowing, or very cold :

▪ The game was cancelled because of bad weather.

a spell/run of bad weather

▪ Once this spell of bad weather is over, we can start work on the garden.

in bad weather

▪ At least 20 people died when the aircraft crashed in bad weather.

▷ awful/terrible/horrible /ˈɔːf ə l, ˈterə̇b ə l, ˈhɒrə̇b ə lǁˈhɔː-/ [adjective] especially spoken

very unpleasant, cold, wet etc :

▪ Awful weather, isn’t it?

▪ ‘What’s it like outside?’ ‘Terrible.’

it is awful/terrible/horrible

▪ It’s been absolutely horrible all day.

6. weather that changes a lot

▷ unsettled /ʌnˈsetld/ [adjective]

if the weather is unsettled, it keeps changing and it often rains :

▪ More unsettled weather is forecast for the weekend.

continue unsettled

British used in weather forecasts

▪ Tomorrow will continue unsettled, with showers in most areas.

▷ changeable /ˈtʃeɪndʒəb ə l/ [adjective] especially British

likely to change suddenly :

▪ The British weather is very changeable.

▪ The changeable weather that November brings can lead to foggy conditions.

7. hot weather

▷ hot /hɒtǁhɑːt/ [adjective]

▪ We had three weeks of very hot weather.

▪ It was the hottest summer this century.

it is hot

▪ Isn’t it hot today?

▷ boiling/scorching /ˈbɔɪlɪŋ, ˈskɔːʳtʃɪŋ/ [adjective] especially spoken

extremely hot :

it is boiling/scorching

▪ It’s boiling out here! Let’s go inside and get a cool drink.

boiling hot/scorching hot

▪ It was a boiling hot day, and the kids were out playing in the pool.

▷ warm /wɔːʳm/ [adjective]

pleasantly hot, but not too hot :

▪ I’m looking forward to some warmer weather.

nice and warm

▪ It was nice and warm in the sunshine.

▷ mild /maɪld/ [adjective]

mild winter weather is pleasant because it is not as cold as it usually is :

▪ It seems quite mild for February.

▪ Some plants will survive outside during a mild winter.

▷ humid /ˈhjuːmɪd, ˈhjuːməd/ [adjective]

if the weather is humid, the air is hot and wet in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable :

▪ Tokyo is very humid in summer.

▪ It was a hot, humid day, and the only sound was the buzzing of insects.

8. cold weather

▷ cold /kəʊld/ [adjective]

▪ I’d hate to live somewhere where it’s always cold.

▪ The car is difficult to start, especially on cold winter mornings.

▪ It’s so cold. I wish I was back home in Morocco.

the cold [singular noun]

cold weather outside :

▪ Come in out of the cold.

▷ cool /kuːl/ [adjective]

pleasantly cold, especially compared to the heat of the sun :

▪ It gets much cooler in the evenings.

▪ We stopped at a cool, grassy area, under the shade of the trees.

the cool of [noun phrase]

▪ He liked to take a stroll in the cool of the evening.

▷ chilly /ˈtʃɪli/ [adjective]

a little cold, in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable :

▪ It was getting chilly outside, so we went back into the house.

▪ Despite the chilly autumn afternoon, she was wearing a thin cotton dress.

▷ freezing /ˈfriːzɪŋ/ [adjective] especially spoken

extremely cold :

▪ Supporters queued for tickets all night in freezing conditions.

it is freezing

▪ Can’t we go inside? It’s freezing out here.

freezing cold

▪ a freezing cold day in January

9. rain

▷ rain /reɪn/ [uncountable noun]

water that falls from the sky in small drops :

the rain

▪ The rain was beating against the window.

in the rain

▪ I like walking in the rain

heavy/torrential rain

a lot of rain

▪ The roads are flooded after a period of exceptionally heavy rain.

▪ The coast has been battered by torrential rain all week.

light rain

a little rain

▪ Some light rain is likely in the Boston area.

rain falls

comes down from the sky

▪ Four inches of rain have fallen in four days.

acid rain

rain that contains harmful chemicals from industry

▪ When acid rain falls, it affects the pH balance of the soil.

▷ rain /reɪn/ [intransitive verb]

if it rains, water falls from the sky in the form of small drops :

it rains

▪ It rained all night, and half the day after.

▪ Take an umbrella in case it rains.

▷ it’s raining /ɪts ˈreɪnɪŋ/ spoken

use this to say that rain is falling now :

▪ Look, it’s raining again.

▪ Is it still raining?

it’s raining hard/heavily

raining a lot

▪ It had been raining heavily and the ground was very soft.

▷ it’s pouring /ɪts ˈpɔːrɪŋ/ spoken

use this to say that it is raining very hard :

▪ As soon as I got outside it started pouring.

it’s pouring with rain


▪ It was pouring with rain and she had forgotten her umbrella.

▷ it’s drizzling /ɪts ˈdrɪzlɪŋ/ spoken

use this to say that it is raining a little, with very small drops of rain :

▪ I think I’ll walk to work - it’s only drizzling.

▷ it’s sprinkling /ɪts ˈsprɪŋklɪŋ/ American spoken

use this to say that it is raining a little, usually when it will not last long :

▪ ‘Is it raining out?’ ‘It’s just sprinkling.’

sprinkle [countable noun]

a short light rain: :

▪ There were a few sprinkles this afternoon, but the sun was shining through it all.

▷ wet/rainy /wet, ˈreɪni/ [adjective]

if the weather is wet or rainy, it rains a lot :

▪ It’s been wet all week.

▪ You should bring a waterproof jacket and strong boots in case of wet weather.

▪ a rainy weekend in November

▷ shower /ˈʃaʊəʳ/ [countable noun]

a short period of rain, especially light rain :

▪ It was just a shower, so we didn’t get too wet

heavy showers

when a lot of rain falls for short periods

▪ Heavy showers are forecast for the weekend.

light showers

when a small amount of rain falls during short periods

▪ The weather will be cloudy with light showers in places.

▷ the wet /ðə ˈwet/ [noun phrase] spoken

wet weather outdoors :

▪ Come on in out of the wet.

▷ the rainy season/the Monsoon /ðə ˈreɪni ˌsiːz ə n, ðə mɒnˈsuːnǁ-mɑːn-/ [singular noun]

a time of the year when it rains a lot in hot countries :

▪ The seeds must be planted in time for the rainy season.

▪ At this time of year, before the Monsoon, the river is at its lowest.

monsoon rains

▪ During the monsoon rains, torrents of water spill down the mountains.

10. snow and ice

▷ snow /snəʊ/ [uncountable noun]

soft white pieces of frozen water that fall from the sky in cold weather :

▪ The tops of the mountains were still covered in snow.

▪ Tony and I trudged home through the deep snow.

▪ When climbing in snow and ice, it is essential to use the correct gear.

snow falls

▪ Some snow is expected to fall in the Rockies tonight.

snow storm

▪ She disappeared without trace in a heavy snow storm.

virgin snow

snow on the ground that looks clean and white because no-one has stepped on it, driven on it etc

▪ There was a single line of footprints in the virgin snow.

▷ snow /snəʊ/ [intransitive verb]

if it snows, soft white pieces of frozen water fall from the sky when the weather is cold :

it snows

▪ It snowed continually for three weeks.

▷ it’s snowing /ɪts ˈsnəʊɪŋ/ spoken

use this to say that it is snowing now :

▪ It was snowing when he left the house.

▷ hail/hail stones /heɪl, ˈheɪl stəʊnz/ [uncountable noun]

frozen raindrops that fall as small balls of ice :

▪ There were frequent showers of rain and hail.

▪ Even in England, half-inch diameter hail stones are not unusual.

▷ sleet /sliːt/ [uncountable noun]

a mixture of snow and rain :

▪ We couldn’t see anything because of the sleet and snow.

▷ frost /frɒstǁfrɔːst/ [uncountable noun]

ice that looks white and powdery and covers things when the temperature is very cold :

▪ The grass and trees were white with frost.

▪ Frost covered all the windows.

▷ icy /ˈaɪsi/ [adjective]

covered in ice and very slippery :

▪ Be careful - the roads are icy this morning.

▪ Despite the icy ground, he was urging his horse on faster and faster.

11. cloudy

▷ cloudy /ˈklaʊdi/ [adjective]

if the weather is cloudy, there are a lot of clouds in the sky :

▪ You can still get sunburnt on a cloudy day.

▷ dull /dʌl/ [adjective]

if the weather is dull, it is cloudy and there is no sunshine :

▪ It will be dry but dull this morning, with the possibility of showers later in the day.

▷ grey also gray American /greɪ/ [adjective] especially written

cloudy and not at all bright :

▪ It was a grey winter morning.

▷ overcast /ˌəʊvəʳˈkɑːst◂ǁ-ˈkæst◂/ [adjective]

if the sky is overcast, it is very cloudy and dark, and there will probably be rain :

▪ The sky was overcast, and a light rain began to fall.

▷ cloud /klaʊd/ [countable/uncountable noun]

a white or grey mass in the sky that rain falls from :

▪ There wasn’t a single cloud in the sky.

thick/dense cloud

▪ Dense cloud prevented the rescue helicopter from taking off.

▷ fog /fɒgǁfɑːg, fɔːg/ [uncountable noun]

thick cloudy air near the ground that is very difficult to see through :

the fog

▪ I could just make out a dim figure coming towards me in the fog.

patch of fog

▪ Watch out for patches of fog in low-lying areas.

thick/dense fog

▪ Dense fog is making driving conditions difficult on many roads.

the fog lifts/clears

it goes away

▪ The fog has almost cleared - our plane will be able to take off soon

foggy [adjective]

▪ a foggy November evening

▷ mist /mɪst/ [singular/uncountable noun]

wet light cloud near the ground, which is difficult to see through clearly :

▪ A light mist lay in the valley.

▪ The mist along the river banks had gone by mid-morning.

shrouded/veiled in mist

be covered in mist

▪ From Primrose Hill, London looked like a ruined city shrouded in mist.

misty [adjective]

▪ It may be misty in the east in the morning.

12. windy

▷ windy /ˈwɪndi/ [adjective]

if the weather is windy, there is a lot of wind :

▪ It was a bright windy day in October.

▪ The windy conditions made it difficult to put the tent up.

▷ wind /wɪnd/ [countable/uncountable noun]

a moving current of air near the ground :

▪ We walked home through the wind and the rain.

the wind blows

▪ A bitter wind was blowing from the East

in the wind

▪ The flags fluttered gently in the wind.

strong/high wind

▪ Strong winds caused damage to many buildings.

gust of wind

when the wind suddenly blows strongly

▪ A sudden gust of wind blew the paper out of his hand.

▷ breeze /briːz/ [countable noun]

a gentle pleasant wind :

▪ A cool breeze blew in off the sea.

slight/gentle breeze

▪ A gentle breeze ruffled her hair.

in the breeze

▪ Her black hair was blowing in the breeze as she waved goodbye to me.

▷ gale /geɪl/ [countable noun]

a very strong wind :

▪ The fence was blown down in the gale last night.

a howling gale

a very strong gale

▪ A howling gale and torrential rain lashed the windows.

13. storm

▷ storm /stɔːʳm/ [countable noun]

a period of very bad weather, when there is a lot of rain, wind, and sometimes thunder and lightning :

▪ The Spanish ships were wrecked in the storm.

a severe storm

▪ There had not been such severe storms in southern England for hundreds of years.

storm cloud

▪ The storm clouds were gathering over the sea.

stormy [adjective]

▪ stormy weather

▪ The sky was starting to look stormy.

▷ thunderstorm /ˈθʌndəʳstɔːʳm/ [countable noun]

a storm where there is a lot of thunder and lightning :

▪ There was a spectacular thunderstorm that night.

▷ thunder /ˈθʌndəʳ/ [uncountable noun]

the loud crashing noise that you hear in a storm :

thunder rumbles/crashes

▪ They could hear thunder rumbling in the distance.

clap of thunder/thunder clap

one sudden noise of thunder

▪ There was a thunder clap followed instantly by lightning.

thunder and lightning

▪ The thunder and lightning seemed to have moved away, but the rain continued to pour.

▷ lightning /ˈlaɪtnɪŋ/ [uncountable noun]

a bright flash of light in the sky during a storm :

flash of lightning

▪ A flash of lightning lit up the whole sky.

thunder and lightning

▪ There was a great summer storm, with thunder and lightning and heavy rain.

▷ blizzard /ˈblɪzəʳd/ [countable noun]

a storm with a lot of snow and strong winds :

▪ Eliot had to drive home in the blizzard.

▷ hurricane/typhoon /ˈhʌrɪkən, ˈhʌrəkənǁˈhɜːrə̇keɪn, ˌtaɪˈfuːn◂/ [countable noun]

a severe storm with very strong winds that causes a lot of damage. Hurricanes happen in the western Atlantic Ocean. Typhoons happen in the western Pacific Ocean. :

▪ The hurricane devastated Florida and killed at least 40 people.

▪ The typhoon brought 30 foot waves crashing down on to the sea walls.

▷ tornado /tɔːʳˈneɪdəʊ/ [countable noun]

a small but very powerful twisting mass of air that causes a lot of damage. Tornadoes are most common in the central area of the US :

▪ A tornado destroyed twelve homes in Ashport, Tennessee yesterday.

14. happening or used in any kind of weather

▷ rain or shine /ˌreɪn ɔːʳ ˈʃaɪn/ [adverb]

if something happens rain or shine, it always happens or it will definitely happen whether the weather is good or bad :

▪ My husband plays golf every weekend, rain or shine.

come rain or shine

▪ Organizers say the concert in Central Park will go ahead come rain or shine.

▷ in all weathers /ɪn ˌɔːl ˈweðəʳz/ [adverb] British

if someone does something in all weathers, they do it in all kinds of weather, even when the weather is very unpleasant :

▪ There are homeless people sleeping on the streets of London in all weathers.

▪ She loves gardening -- she’s out in her garden in all weathers.

▷ all-weather /ˈɔːl weðəʳ/ [adjective only before noun]

use this about a sports ground or sports equipment which can be used in any weather conditions :

▪ The team now have their own all-weather stadium, and matches are rarely cancelled.

▪ an all-weather jacket

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