climate

Definitions

  • Australia - Climate
    Australia - Climate
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n climate the weather in some location averaged over some long period of time "the dank climate of southern Wales","plants from a cold clime travel best in winter"
    • n climate the prevailing psychological state "the climate of opinion","the national mood had changed radically since the last election"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Greece, the climate is so warm that many of the cinemas do not even have roofs
    • Climate (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.
    • Climate 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.
    • v. i Climate To dwell.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An arabica coffee tree can produce up to 12 pounds of coffee a year, depending on soil and climate.
    • n climate In old geography:
    • n climate 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 climate One of seven divisions of the earth corresponding to the seven planets.
    • n climate A region or country; any distinct portion of the earth's surface.
    • n climate 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 climate [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.]
    • climate To dwell; reside in a particular region.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: New Zealand is the only country that contains every type of climate in the world.
    • n Climate klī′māt the condition of a country or place with regard to temperature, moisture, &c.:
    • v.i Climate (Shak.) to remain in a certain place
    • n Climate klī′māt (fig.) character of something
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “What men call gallantry, and gods adultery, is much more common where the climate's sultry.”
  • Horace
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    “Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.”
  • Sir James M. Barrie
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    “Heaven for climate, Hell for company.”
  • Walter Bagehot
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    “A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment.”
  • Quentin Crisp
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    “Manners are love in a cool climate.”
  • Joseph Addison
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    “Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. climat, L. clima, -atis, fr. Gr. , , slope, the supposed slope of the earth (from the equator toward the pole), hence a region or zone of the earth, fr. to slope, incline, akin to E. lean, v. i. See Lean (v. i.), and cf. Clime
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. klima, klimatos, slope—klinein, to slope.

Usage

In literature:

This naturally is best seen in climates where there is a good deal of sun.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
The orange, fig, olive, pine apple, &c. find a genial climate about New Orleans.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
It is sheltered by the Blauen (3820 ft.) and the climate is excellent.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
In a warm climate a heavier soil is required than in a cool one.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
West Africa alone, affords the climate, soil, and population, necessary to success in cotton culture.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
The climate is good, and the people have a healthy and robust appearance.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
Their clothing is of the coarsest material, but reasonably good, and well suited to the climate.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
Here climate and soil seem to be exceptionally favorable for grape-growing.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
It may be claimed that there were other reasons for this separation, such as climatic conditions, etc.
"The Negro Farmer" by Carl Kelsey
Climate, soil, and the rate of wages all favor such an idea.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
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In poetry:

Thy garden rosebud bore, within its breast,
Those mysteries of color, warm and bright,
That the bleak climate of this lower sphere
Could never waken into form and light.
""Lines. . ."" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
No shelter e'er could match yon orchard white.
Or yonder house amid its gables light,
And garden, that so blest a sky controls,
Weaving the climate dear to both our souls.
"Excerpts from "LES HEURES CLAIRES" (English translations)" by Emile Verhaeren
Yet though thou wear'st the glory of the sky,
Wilt thou not keep the same beloved name,
The same fair thoughtful brow, and gentle eye,
Lovelier in heaven's sweet climate, yet the same?
"The Future Life" by William Cullen Bryant
What does love look like?
Is it a particle, a star -
invisible entirely, beyond the microscope and Palomar?
A dimension unimagined, past the length of hope?
Is it a climate far and fair that we shall never dare
"The Shape of Death" by May Swenson
There's WISEMAN and CHUME, and His Grace the Lord Primate,
That sinds round the box, and the world will subscribe;
'Tis they'll build a College that's fit for our climate,
And taych me the saycrets I burn to imboibe!
"The Last Irish Grievance" by William Makepeace Thackeray
An' then I wrote to Rebecca, my girl who lives out West,
And to Isaac, not far from her--some twenty miles at best;
And one of 'em said 'twas too warm there for any one so old,
And t'other had an opinion the climate was too cold.
"Over The Hill To The Poor-House" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

The Great Drought, climate change, and Rick Perry.
As far as I'm concerned, I'm a climatologist , because I am a person who studies weather and climate trends over long periods of time, and that's what climatologists do.
The Climate Prediction Center is saying South Dakota has a 60 percent chance to end up in the "above average" category, and only a very small chance to end up in the "below average" category.
The latest monthly outlook from the Climate Prediction Center has revised earlier projections and now sees only about a 50-50 chance of South Dakota's seeing a warmer-than-average winter.
John McCain's Climate Climbdown .
Four King & Spalding Lawyers Co-Author Global Climate Change Pamphlet.
Climate change may threaten indigenous Arabica plants, scientists said this week.
Cold Shoulder to Climate 'Urgency'.
Skeptics on Human Climate Impact Seize on Cold Spell .
Cold Shoulder to Climate 'Urgency'.
How Exxon Shaped the Climate Debate.
The world's second-largest industry, worried about losses related to climate change, offers incentives to 'go green.'.
Corn Belt Shifts North With Climate as Kansas Crop Dies.
Futurist Ray Kurzweil isn't worried about climate change.
' Corrosive waters' emerge as a new threat to climate, fishing.
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In science:

This result is surprisingly close to the estimate (of -0.14◦K per 1% change in the CRF) that we obtained using the nominal value of the cloud-climate forcing.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
A smoking gun, which would unequivocally demonstrate that the spiral-arm → cosmic-ray → climate connection is real, would be a “historic” record which would reveal that the CRF was indeed variable.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
The implications are not only statistical, but also qualitative, since the above agreements provide a “missing link” which explicitly point to the cosmic rays as being the culprit in climatic variability.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
The correlation does not have to be absolute since additional factors may affect the climate (e.g., continental structure, atmospheric composition, etc.).
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
In this case, the effects that a dense ISM cloud has on the heliosphere could clearly be affecting the climate as well since these events will drastically change the low energy charge particle flux reaching Earth.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
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