Word of the day #49: weather

Word of the Day is designed to help children learn how to use a dictionary, whilst simultaneously expanding their vocabulary. Today’s Word of the Day begins with the letter ‘W’. The word is: weather.


n.1. the day-to-day meteorological (atmospheric) conditions, especially temperature, cloudiness, and rainfall, affecting a specific place

2. a prevailing state or condition

make heavy weather

a. (of a vessel) to roll and pitch in heavy seas

b. (… of) to carry out with great difficulty or unnecessarily great effort


under the weather Informal

a. not in good health

b. intoxicated


vb. 1. to expose or be exposed to the action of the weather. 2. to undergo or cause to undergo changes, such as discoloration, due to the action of the weather.

So, not only are we preoccupied with the weather outside, we also use the word weather in many other situations, such as ‘weathering through’ meaning to endure a crisis or danger.

Weather is also used in many nautical terms – in fact in 1805 Sir Francis Beaufort of England developed his Beaufort Wind Scale that lists the effect different wind strengths has on the sea and inland on plants and vegetation.

Have you ever listened to the shipping forecast?

How would you describe the weather today?

To find out more about how rain is part of the water cycle, see the Project Science series published by Brilliant Publications.


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