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Webster 1913 Edition


Climate

Cli′mate

,
Noun.
[F.
climat
, L.
clima
,
-atis
, fr. Gr. [GREEK], [GREEK], slope, the supposed slope of the earth (from the equator toward the pole), hence a region or zone of the earth, fr. [GREEK] to slope, incline, akin to E.
lean
, v. i. See
Lean
,
Verb.
I.
, and cf.
Clime
.]
1.
(Anc. Geog.)
One of thirty regions or zones, parallel to the equator, into which the surface of the earth from the equator to the pole was divided, according to the successive increase of the length of the midsummer day.
2.
The condition of a place in relation to various phenomena of the atmosphere, as temperature, moisture, etc., especially as they affect animal or vegetable life.

Cli′mate

,
Verb.
I.
To dwell.
[Poetic]
Shak.

Webster 1828 Edition


Climate

CLIMATE

, n.
1.
In geography, a part of the surface of the earth, bounded by two circles parallel to the equator, and of such a breadth that the longest day in the parallel nearest the pole is half an hour longer than that nearest to the equator. The beginning of a climate is a parallel circle in which the longest day is half and hour shorter than that at the end. The climates begin at the equator, where the day is 12 hours long; and at the end of the first climate the longest day is 12 hours long, and this increase of half an hour constitutes a climate, to the polar circles; from which climates are measured by the increase of a month.
2.
In a popular sense, a tract of land, region or country, differing from another in the temperature of the air; or any region or country with respect to the temperature of the air, the seasons, and their peculiar qualities, without any regard to the length of the days, or to geographical position. Thus we say, a warm or cold climate; a moist or dry climate; a happy climate; a genial climate; a mountainous climate.

CLIMATE

,
Verb.
I.
To dwell; to reside in a particular region.

Definition 2022


climate

climate

English

Noun

climate (plural climates)

  1. (obsolete) An area of the earth's surface between two parallels of latitude.
  2. (obsolete) A region of the Earth.
  3. The long-term manifestations of weather and other atmospheric conditions in a given area or country, now usually represented by the statistical summary of its weather conditions during a period long enough to ensure that representative values are obtained (generally 30 years).
  4. (figuratively) The context in general of a particular political, moral etc. situation.
    Industries that require a lot of fossil fuels are unlikely to be popular in the current political climate.
    • 2012 November 7, Matt Bai, “Winning a Second Term, Obama Will Confront Familiar Headwinds”, in New York Times:
      In polling by the Pew Research Center in November 2008, fully half the respondents thought the two parties would cooperate more in the coming year, versus only 36 percent who thought the climate would grow more adversarial.

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Verb

climate (third-person singular simple present climates, present participle climating, simple past and past participle climated)

  1. (poetic, obsolete) To dwell.

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Latin

Noun

climate

  1. ablative singular of clima