- Weathering is defined as coping with the effects of changes in climate, environmental conditions or difficult situations.
- When your outdoor furniture begins to get rusty and old because of climate change, this is an example of a time when the furniture is weathering.
- When you make it through a difficult time, this is an example of a time when you might be said to be weathering the storm.
Outdoor furniture showing the effects of weathering.
weathering definition by Webster's New World
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- Archit. a slope built to shed water
- Geol. the destructive physical and chemical effects of the forces of weather on rock surfaces, as in forming soil or sand
weathering definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Any of the chemical or mechanical processes by which rocks exposed to the weather undergo changes in character and break down.
weathering - Cultural Definition
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weathering - Science Definition
Any of the chemical or mechanical processes by which rocks exposed to the weather undergo chemical decomposition and physical disintegration. Although weathering usually occurs at the Earth's surface, it can also occur at significant depths, for example through the percolation of groundwater through fractures in bedrock. It usually results in changes in the color, texture, composition, or hardness of the affected rocks.