- 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
Outdoor furniture showing the effects of weathering.
- 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.
Weathering is defined as coping with the effects of changes in climate, environmental conditions or difficult situations.
Any of the chemical or mechanical processes by which objects exposed to the weather are worn or broken down.
arch rock formation in the Ennedi Massif, Chad
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.
(countable and uncountable, plural weatherings)
- Present participle of weather.
From Middle English wederyng, equivalent to weather +"Ž -ing.
- These are either roasted or exposed to the weathering action of the air.
- It is covered with a layer of thin, dry soil, through the slow weathering of the coral rocks.
- Was Cade weathering out the storm?
- The indirect geographical elements, which, as a rule, act with and intensify the direct, are mainly climatic; the prevailing winds, rainfall, mean and extreme temperatures of every locality depending on the arrangement of land and sea and of land forms. Climate thus guided affects the weathering of rocks, and so determines the kind and arrangement of soil.
- All streams, from the tiniest rill to the greatest river, are continually engaged in transporting downstream solid particles of rock, the product of weathering agencies in the area which they drain.