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Definition: Stress of weather
, n. [Abbrev. fr. distress; or cf. OF. estrecier
to press, pinch, (assumed) LL. strictiare, fr. L. strictus.
1. Distress. [Obs.]
Sad hersal of his heavy stress. --Spenser.
2. Pressure, strain; -- used chiefly of immaterial things;
except in mechanics; hence, urgency; importance; weight;
The faculties of the mind are improved by exercise,
yet they must not be put to a stress beyond their
A body may as well lay too little as too much stress
upon a dream. --L'Estrange.
3. (Mech. & Physics) The force, or combination of forces,
which produces a strain; force exerted in any direction or
manner between contiguous bodies, or parts of bodies, and
taking specific names according to its direction, or mode
of action, as thrust or pressure, pull or tension, shear
or tangential stress. --Rankine.
Stress is the mutual action between portions of
4. (Pron.) Force of utterance expended upon words or
syllables. Stress is in English the chief element in
accent and is one of the most important in emphasis. See
Guide to pronunciation
, [sect][sect] 31-35.
5. (Scots Law) Distress; the act of distraining; also, the
Stress of voice
, unusual exertion of the voice.
Stress of weather
, constraint imposed by continued bad
weather; as, to be driven back to port by stress of
To lay stress upon
, to attach great importance to; to
emphasize. “Consider how great a stress is laid upon this
To put stress upon
, or To put to a stress
, to strain.
, n. [OE. weder, AS. weder; akin to OS. wedar,
OFries. weder, D. weder, we[^e]r, G. wetter, OHG. wetar,
Icel. ve[eth]r, Dan. veir, Sw. v["a]der wind, air, weather,
and perhaps to OSlav. vedro fair weather; or perhaps to Lith.
vetra storm, Russ. vieter', vietr', wind, and E. wind. Cf.
1. The state of the air or atmosphere with respect to heat or
cold, wetness or dryness, calm or storm, clearness or
cloudiness, or any other meteorological phenomena;
meteorological condition of the atmosphere; as, warm
weather; cold weather; wet weather; dry weather, etc.
Not amiss to cool a man's stomach this hot weather.
Fair weather cometh out of the north. --Job xxxvii.
2. Vicissitude of season; meteorological change; alternation
of the state of the air. --Bacon.
3. Storm; tempest.
What gusts of weather from that gathering cloud
My thoughts presage! --Dryden.
4. A light rain; a shower. [Obs.] --Wyclif.
Stress of weather
, violent winds; force of tempests.
To make fair weather
, to flatter; to give flattering
To make good weather
, or To make bad weather
endure a gale well or ill; -- said of a vessel. --Shak.
Under the weather
, ill; also, financially embarrassed.
[Colloq. U. S.] --Bartlett.
. Same as Weather house
, below. --Thackeray.
, a fine day which is supposed to presage
, a popular name for the signal service. See
, under Signal
, a. [U. S.]
(Naut.), a long piece of canvas of tarpaulin
used to preserve the hammocks from injury by the weather
when stowed in the nettings.
. (Mining) See Trapdoor
. Same as Water gall
, 2. [Prov. Eng.]
, a mechanical contrivance in the form of a
house, which indicates changes in atmospheric conditions
by the appearance or retirement of toy images.
Peace to the artist whose ingenious thought
Devised the weather house, that useful toy!
(Arch.), a canopy or cornice over a door
or a window, to throw off the rain.
Weather of a windmill sail
, the obliquity of the sail, or
the angle which it makes with its plane of revolution.
, a daily report of meteorological
observations, and of probable changes in the weather;
esp., one published by government authority.
, a stargazer; one who foretells the weather.
(Arch.), a strip of wood, rubber, or other
material, applied to an outer door or window so as to
cover the joint made by it with the sill, casings, or
threshold, in order to exclude rain, snow, cold air, etc.