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noun
  1. A region of land within which water flows down into a specified body, such as a river, lake, sea, or ocean; a drainage basin or catchment basin.
  2. The topographical boundary dividing two adjacent catchment basins.
  3. A critical point marking a change in course or development.
  4. (Canada, UK) The time after which material of more adult nature (violence, swear words, sex) may be broadcast on television or radio.
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noun
  1. The state of the atmosphere, mainly with respect to its effects upon life and human activities. As distinguished from climate, weather consists of the short-term (minutes to months) variations of the atmosphere. Popularly, weather is thought of in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, and wind.
  2. the short term state of the atmosphere at a specific time and place, including the temperature, humidity, cloud coverage and fall of precipitation, wind, etc.
  3. unpleasant or destructive atmospheric conditions, and its effects.
verb
  1. To expose to the weather, or show the effects of such exposure, or to withstand such effects.
  2. (nautical) To pass to windward in a vessel, especially to beat 'round.
  3. (nautical) To endure or survive an event or action without undue damage.
Joshua weathered a collision with a freighter near South Africa.
adjective
  1. of, or relating to weather
  2. (nautical) windward
weathering Tweet Definition of weathering Like Definition of weathering on Facebook
noun
  1. (geology) mechanical or chemical erosion of rocks due to weather.
verb
  1. (present participle of, weather)
web Tweet Definition of web Like Definition of web on Facebook
noun
  1. The silken structure a spider builds using silk secreted from the spinnerets at the caudal tip of its abdomen; a spiderweb.
The sunlight glistened in the dew on the .
  1. Any interconnected set of persons, places, or things, which when diagrammed resembles a spider's web.
  2. Specifically, the w:World Wide Web, World Wide Web (also spelled Web).
Let me search the for that.
  1. (baseball) The part of a baseball mitt between the forefinger and thumb, the webbing.
He caught the ball in the .
  1. A latticed or woven structure.
The gazebo's roof was a made of thin strips of wood.
  1. The interconnection between flanges in structural members, increasing the effective lever arm and so the load capacity of the member.
  2. A fold of tissue connecting the toes of certain birds.
A duck paddles with its webbed feet.
  1. (context, manufacturing) A continuous strip of material carried by rollers during processing.
  2. (context, lithography) A long sheet of paper which is fed from a roll into a printing press, as opposed to individual sheets of paper.
verb (web, b, ed)
  1. (intransitive) to construct or form a web
  2. (transitive) to cover with a web or network
  3. (transitive) to ensnare or entangle
  4. (transitive) to provide with a web
wing Tweet Definition of wing Like Definition of wing on Facebook
noun
  1. An appendage of an animal's (bird, bat, insect) body that enables it to fly.
  2. (context, slang) Human arm.
  3. Part of an airplane that produces the lift for rising into the air.
  4. Part of a building, an extension from the main building
  5. Part of a huge room. (rfv-sense, Is this right? Could not find any proof. Hekaheka Jul 4, 2007)
  6. A fraction of a political movement. Usually implies a position apart from the mainstream center position.
  7. A military air unit, smaller than a division but larger than a group or squadron.
  8. A panel of a car which encloses the wheel area, especially the front wheels.
  9. (context, nautical) A platform on either side of the bridge of a vessel, normally found in pairs.
  10. (context, hockey, football, icehockey) A position in several field games on either side of the field.
verb
  1. (transitive) To injure slightly (as with a gunshot), especially in the arm.
  2. (intransitive) To fly.
  3. (intransitive) wing it: To act or speak extemporaneously; to improvise.

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