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mackerel sky Tweet Definition of mackerel sky Like Definition of mackerel sky on Facebook
  1. a sky filled with a regular pattern of altocumulus clouds somewhat resembling the skin of a mackerel
mamma Tweet Definition of mamma Like Definition of mamma on Facebook
noun (mammae)
  1. (anatomy) The milk-secreting organ of female humans and other mammals which includes the mammary gland and the nipple or teat; a breast; an udder.
  2. Another term for mama or mother.
mesocyclone Tweet Definition of mesocyclone Like Definition of mesocyclone on Facebook
noun Mesocyclone (Plural: Mesocyclones)
  1. an area of vertical atmospheric rotation in supercell thunderstorms, which signals the threat of a possible tornado.
mesosphere Tweet Definition of mesosphere Like Definition of mesosphere on Facebook
  1. layer of the Earth's atmosphere that is directly above the stratosphere and directly below the thermosphere
meteorological Tweet Definition of meteorological Like Definition of meteorological on Facebook
  1. Of or pertaining to meteorology; meteorologic
The trip was postponed because the conditions were so bad.
meteorology Tweet Definition of meteorology Like Definition of meteorology on Facebook
  1. predicting what the weather will be.
  2. The science that deals with the study of the atmosphere (or weather) and its phenomena, especially with weather and weather forecasting.
  3. The study dealing with the phenomena of the atmosphere. This includes not only the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of the atmosphere, but is extended to include many of the of the direct effects of the atmosphere upon the earth's surface, the oceans, and life in general. The goals often ascribed to meteorology are the complete understanding, accurate prediction, and artificial control of atmosphereic phenomena. A distinction can be drawn between meteorology and climatology, the latter being primarily concerned with average, not actual, weather conditions. Meteorology may be subdivided, according to the methods of approach and the applications to human activities, into a large number of specialized sciences.
microburst Tweet Definition of microburst Like Definition of microburst on Facebook
  1. (meteorology) a strong downdraft, of less than 2.5 miles in diameter, that can cause damaging winds
microclimate Tweet Definition of microclimate Like Definition of microclimate on Facebook
  1. A small, local region having a unique pattern of weather or weather effects.
The on the south side of a building may differ from the one on the north, so that different plants may thrive.
The coastal hills are home to many different microclimates.
micrometeorology Tweet Definition of micrometeorology Like Definition of micrometeorology on Facebook
  1. The portion of meteorology dealing with the observation and explanation of smallscale weather and weather forecasting for a local area up to several kilometers in diameter.
mist Tweet Definition of mist Like Definition of mist on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) Water or other liquid finely suspended in air.
It was difficult to see through the morning mist.
  1. (countable) A layer of fine droplets or particles.
There was an oily mist on the lens.
verb to mist
  1. To form mist.
It's misting this morning.
  1. To spray fine droplets on, particularly of water.
I mist my tropical plants every morning.
  1. To cover with a mist.
The lens was misted.
  1. (context, of the eyes) To be covered by tears.
My eyes misted when I remembered what had happened.
mistral Tweet Definition of mistral Like Definition of mistral on Facebook
  1. A strong cold north-west wind in southern France and the Mediterranean.
  • 1973, The had been blowing for three days now and the sea showed more white than blue " Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise
moist Tweet Definition of moist Like Definition of moist on Facebook
  1. Slightly wet.
    • 1924: ARISTOTLE. Metaphysics. Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: <>. Book 1, Part 3.
    • : Thales, the founder of this type of philosophy, says the principle is water (for which reason he declared that the earth rest on water_, getting the notion perhaps from seeing that the nutriment of all things is ,
      1. About to cry.
monsoon Tweet Definition of monsoon Like Definition of monsoon on Facebook
  1. Any of a number of winds associated with regions where most rain falls during a particular season.
  2. Tropical rainy season when the rain lasts for several months with few interruptions.
  3. The rains themselves.
  4. Entire meteorological systems with such characteristics.
moonbow Tweet Definition of moonbow Like Definition of moonbow on Facebook
  1. A meteorological phenomenon also known as a lunar rainbow or white rainbow, well documented at Cumberland Falls near Corbin, Kentucky, Victoria Falls in Africa as well as other places such as Yosemite National Park.
Known as the "Niagara of the South," the 125-foot wide curtain of water is dramatic day or night. But it's only at night during a full moon that you can see the " Cumberland Falls Resort (Kentucky) State Park.
muggy Tweet Definition of muggy Like Definition of muggy on Facebook
adjective (comparative muggier, superlative muggiest)
  1. Of the weather, air, etc, humid or hot and humid

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