rain: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (rān), [key]
- water that is condensed from the aqueous vapor in the atmosphere and falls to earth in drops more than in. (0.5 mm) in diameter. Cf.(def. 6).
- a rainfall, rainstorm, or shower: We had a light rain this afternoon.
- the rainy season; seasonal rainfall, as in India.
- weather marked by steady or frequent rainfall: We had rain most of last summer.
- a heavy and continuous descent or inflicting of anything: a rain of blows; a rain of vituperation.
- (of rain) to fall (usually used impersonally with it as subject): It rained all night.
- to fall like rain: Tears rained from their eyes.
- to send down rain: The lightning flashed and the sky rained on us in torrents.
- to send down in great quantities, as small pieces or objects: People on rooftops rained confetti on the parade.
- to offer, bestow, or give in great quantity: to rain favors upon a person.
- to deal, hurl, fire, etc., repeatedly: to rain blows on someone's head.
- to rain very heavily or steadily: We canceled our picnic because it rained cats and dogs.
- to cause, by raining, the cancellation or postponement of a sports event, performance, or the like: The double-header was rained out yesterday.
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