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rain

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noun, often attributive \ˈrān\

Simple Definition of rain

  • : water that falls in drops from clouds in the sky

  • : weather in which there is a lot of rain : rainy weather

  • rains : large amounts of rain that fall at a particular time of year

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rain

  1. 1 a :  water falling in drops condensed from vapor in the atmosphere b :  the descent of this water c :  water that has fallen as rain :  rainwater

  2. 2 a :  a fall of rain :  rainstorm b plural :  the rainy season

  3. 3 :  rainy weather

  4. 4 :  a heavy fall <a rain of arrows>

Examples of rain in a sentence

  1. The weatherman forecasts rain for this afternoon.

  2. Everyone went inside when the rain began to fall.

  3. What the garden needs is a good, soaking rain.

  4. A light rain began to fall.

  5. There has been some flooding due to the recent heavy rains.

  6. We've had a week of rain.

  7. The rains came and flooded the valley.



Origin and Etymology of rain

Middle English reyn, from Old English regn, rēn; akin to Old High German regan rain


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms


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rain

verb

Simple Definition of rain

  • —used with it to say that rain is falling

  • : to fall from above in large amounts

  • : to cause (something) to fall in large amounts

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rain

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to send down rain

  3. 2 :  to fall as water in drops from the clouds

  4. 3 :  to fall like rain <soot and ash rained down>

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to pour down

  7. 2 :  to give or administer abundantly <rained blows on his head>

rain cats and dogs

  1. :  to rain heavily

Examples of rain in a sentence

  1. Sparks from the fireworks rained on the field.

  2. The volcano rained ashes on the city.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of rain

before 12th century



RAIN Defined for Kids

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rain

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noun \ˈrān\

Definition of rain for Students

  1. 1 :  water falling in drops from the clouds

  2. 2 :  a fall of water in drops from the clouds

  3. 3 :  rainy weather <“Are you going to sleep out in all this rain?” — E. B. White, Stuart Little>

  4. 4 :  a heavy fall of objects



Headscratcher for rain

Rain, reign, and rein all sound alike but have different meanings. Rain is the water that falls from the sky. A reign is the rule of a king or queen. A rein is a strap used to control an animal, such as a horse.


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rain

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verb

Definition of rain for Students

rained

raining

  1. 1 :  to fall as water in drops from the clouds

  2. 2 :  to send down rain <The clouds rained for days.>

  3. 3 :  to fall in large amounts <Ashes rained from the volcano.>

  4. 4 :  to give in large amounts <Friends rained advice on me.>

rain cats and dogs

  1. :  pour 2





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