Definitions

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

  • To dwell; reside in a particular region.
  • 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.
  • 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 κλίμα denoted 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.]

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Yet, despite this recent report, and despite all we do know about climate change, the topic has become the C-word in Washington, D.C. Just as the term "global warming" fell out of favor, the term "climate change" is now one that few in our nation's capital dare bring up in conversation, much less in legislation.

    Heidi Cullen: The C-Word

  • As with religion, its claims are often non-falsifiable, hence the convenience of the term "climate change" when thermometers don't oblige the expected trend lines.

    The Great Global Warming Fizzle

  • Although the term climate is highly abstract and behavioral scientists have had great difficulty measuring it, we can identify some basic features, or clues, by which we can assess the climate of a typical organization and that we can use as guides for improving it.

    Stress and the Manager

  • What is more, the United Nations contests the use of the term "climate refugees" or "environmental refugees."

    NYT > Home Page

  • In the US Congress, any bill or suggested appropriation that contains the keyword climate is eliminated, most probably without being read.

    Peter Neill: Remember Climate Change?

  • Instead, they find lumps of frozen words lying on the ground that a change in climate is starting to thaw, releasing the sounds of the past.

    New Josipovici « Tales from the Reading Room

  • The warmists have recently invented the term climate disrutption so that they can blame all weather events; droughts, floods, cold and hot weather on global warming, it is such a transparant attempt to keep the public alarmed and money flowing into the overflowing coffers of the climate change departments of the universities and met.

    Australian floods: Why were we so surprised?

  • It was Cameron's turn, and he talked about pricing externalities, and silent taxation and how he had met on the Hill that day with "leaders who said, 'We can't use the term climate change.'"

    James Cameron and Sigourney Weaver bring "Avatar's" environmental lessons to Capitol Hill

  • On the other hand, the term climate refers to patterns in average temperature, precipitation, etc., that persist for longer time periods (usually, decades or longer).

    Climate Challenge ~ An Interview with Climate Scientist Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel

  • Second - I really hate the term climate change …. it really has taken the steam out of the need to end pollution.

    Wired Top Stories

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