Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who foretells weather; one skilled in foreseeing the changes or state of the weather.
- n. Anything in nature which serves as an indicator of weather changes, as a bird whose regular periodicity of migration or suddenness of appearance may indicate meteorological changes inappreciable by man.
- n. A device for foretelling changes in the weather. In most forms materials are employed which are so affected by dampness as to move some indicator, as a pair of figures, of which one appears or advances in dry and the other in wet weather. Other forms employ materials which change color according to the state of the atmosphere. Compare
“We expect, depending on which weather-prophet you follow and where they place our fair village in the ever-changing geography of Maine, somewhere between 3" of mixed precip and 12" of snow.”
“January thaw" has been uttered in an official capacity by a certified weather-prophet.”
“In the spirit, then, of offering some out-of-the-way information illustrative of the subject from a standpoint different from that of the ordinary “weather-prophet” is this story penned.”
“In this cipher the fickle winds are given the names of women with a covert sarcasm quite out of place in the respectable old weather-prophet whom every housewife consults before the day's work begins.”
“The sky, which had been brilliantly blue all day, was beginning to be overcast, causing the energetic helpers at the Vicarage Bazaar to throw anxious glances towards the gathering clouds, and Herrick, who was a fair weather-prophet, foresaw a storm before sunset.”
“My mother used to say that he was a wise weather-prophet.”
“No weather-prophet was needed to tell these hillcountry folk that they were in for a thunderstorm; -- and for what one kennel-man described as "a reg'lar ol 'he-one," at that.”
“As the weather-prophet reads the heavens so the man of experience reads other men.”
“Fortunately it proves to be only fancy, and the telegraph-jee, assuming the part of a weather-prophet, reassures me by remarking, "Inshalla, am roos, baran neis" (Please God, it will not rain to-day).”
“Here the venerable old weather-prophet winked at Munchausen, and the little quarrel which had been imminent passed off in a general laugh.”
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