Weathering meaning

wĕthər-ĭng
Any of the chemical or mechanical processes by which objects exposed to the weather are worn or broken down.
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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.

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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.
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(geol.) The destructive physical and chemical effects of the forces of weather on rock surfaces, as in forming soil or sand.
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(archit.) A slope built to shed water.
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(geology) Mechanical or chemical breaking down of rocks in situ by weather or other causes.
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(architecture) A slight inclination given to an approximately horizontal surface to enable it to throw off water.
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Present participle of weather.
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Origin of weathering

  • From Middle English wederyng, equivalent to weather +"Ž -ing.

    From Wiktionary