from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The meteorological conditions, including temperature, precipitation, and wind, that characteristically prevail in a particular region.
- n. A region of the earth having particular meteorological conditions: lives in a cold climate.
- n. A prevailing condition or set of attitudes in human affairs: a climate of unrest.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An area of the earth's surface between two parallels of latitude.
- n. A region of the Earth.
- n. 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).
- n. The context in general of a particular political, moral etc. situation.
- v. To dwell.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- intransitive v. To dwell.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In old geography:
- n. A zone measured on the earth's surface by lines parallel to the equator. There were thirty of these zones between the equator and the pole.
- n. One of seven divisions of the earth corresponding to the seven planets.
- n. A region or country; any distinct portion of the earth's surface.
- n. The characteristic condition of a country or region in respect to amount or variations of heat and cold, moisture and dryness, wind and calm, etc.; especially, the combined result of all the meteorological phenomena of any region, as affecting its vegetable and animal productions, the health, comfort, pursuits, and intellectual development of mankind, etc.
- n. [As used by the Greeks, the word
κλίμαdenoted properly a slope or an incline, and was applied to mountain-slopes ( κλίματα ο\ρῶν), but especially to the apparent slope or inclination of the earth toward the pole. Hence the word came gradually to be used as nearly the equivalent of zone (but not of the divisions of the earth's surface now so named). A change of “climate” took place, in going north, on arriving at a place where the day was half an hour longer or shorter, according to the season, than at the point from which the start was made. The same was the meaning of the word climate as used by the early English navigators (see def. 1). Gradually the change of temperature consequent on moving north or south came to be considered of more importance than the length of the day. Hence the word climate came finally to have the meaning now attached to it.]
- To dwell; reside in a particular region.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the weather in some location averaged over some long period of time
- n. the prevailing psychological state
Middle English climat, from Old French, from Late Latin clima, climat-, from Greek klima, surface of the earth, region; see klei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French climat, from Latin clima, from Ancient Greek κλίμα ("inclination"), from κλίνω ("to slope, incline") (from which also cline), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (English lean). (Wiktionary)