- The definition of climate is the weather of a location over time or the environment or mood.
- An example of climate is when it is snowy and rainy.
- An example of climate is an economic boom time.
Iceland has a very cold climate.
- the prevailing or average weather conditions of a place, as determined by the temperature and meteorological changes over a period of years
- any prevailing conditions affecting life, activity, etc.: a favorable climate of opinion
- a region with certain prevailing weather conditions: to move to a warmer climate
Origin of climateMiddle English climat ; from Old French ; from Late Latin clima ; from Classical Greek klima, region, zone ; from base of klinein, to slope (see incline): origin, originally , slope of the earth from the equator toward the poles
- The meteorological conditions, including temperature, precipitation, and wind, that characteristically prevail in a particular region.
- A region of the earth having particular meteorological conditions: lives in a cold climate.
- A prevailing condition or set of attitudes in human affairs: a climate of unrest.
Origin of climateMiddle English climat, from Old French, from Late Latin clima, climat-, from Greek klima, surface of the earth, region; see klei- in Indo-European roots.
climatography the science of the description of climate. —climatographer, n. —climatographical, adj. climatology the science that studies climate or climatic conditions. —climatologist, n. —climatologic, climatological, adj. cryptoclimate the climate of the inside of a building, airliner, or space ship, as distinguished from that on the outside. hyetography the study of the geographical distribution of rainfall by annual totals. —hyetographic, hyetographical, adj. meteorology the science that studies climate and weather variations. —meteorologie, meteorological, adj. —meteorologist, n. microclimatology 1. the study of minute gradations in climate that are due to the nature of the terrain. 2. the study of microclimates or climates of limited areas, as houses or communities. —microclimatologist, n. —microclimatologic, microclimatological, adj. phenology the branch of biology that studies the relation between variations in climate and periodic biological phenomena, as the migration of birds or the flowering of plants. —phenologist, n. —phenologic, phenological, adj.
- The long-term manifestations of weather and other atmospheric conditions in a given area or country, now usually represented by the statistical summary of its weather conditions during a period long enough to ensure that representative values are obtained (generally 30 years).
- (figuratively) The context in general of a particular political, moral etc. situation.
- Industries that require a lot of fossil fuels are unlikely to be popular in the current political climate.
(third-person singular simple present climates, present participle climating, simple past and past participle climated)
- (poetic, obsolete) To dwell.