Weathering is the process of wearing away something over time. Rocks, wood, and other materials can weather over time, losing their original shape and color.

  • The wood is weathering because the rain is washing away the dirt and the wood is starting to wear away.

  • The rock is weathering because the wind is blowing away the dirt and the rock is starting to wear away.

Definition of weathering


To expose to the weather, or show the effects of such exposure, or to withstand such effects.


(by extension) To sustain the trying effect of; to bear up against and overcome; to endure; to resist.


To break down, of rocks and other materials, under the effects of exposure to rain, sunlight, temperature, and air.


To pass to windward in a vessel, especially to beat 'round.


To endure or survive an event or action without undue damage.


To place (a hawk) unhooded in the open air.


Weather, especially favourable or fair weather.


Mechanical or chemical breaking down of rocks in situ by weather or other causes.


A slight inclination given to an approximately horizontal surface to enable it to throw off water.

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Example Sentences for weathering

  • 1

    The hot weather was atypical.

  • 2

    The weather is hot and sultry.

  • 3

    The weather is hot in July.

  • 4

    In the summer, the weather is hot and dry.

  • 5

    The hot weather spoiled the meat.

  • 6

    The weather in tropical is dank and hot.

  • 7

    The walk is intolerable in cold weather.

  • 8

    The weather is generally cold and foggy.

  • 9

    The weather remains cold and chilly.

  • 10

    For most of the year, the weather is hot and humid.