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shower

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noun show·er \ˈshau̇(-ə)r\

Definition of shower

  1. 1a :  a fall of rain of short durationb :  a similar fall of sleet, hail, or snow

  2. 2 :  something resembling a rain shower <a shower of statistics>; especially :  a fall of meteors which belong to a single group and whose trails appear to originate at the same point in space

  3. 3 :  a party given by friends who bring gifts often of a particular kind <a bridal shower>

  4. 4 :  a bath in which water is showered on the body; also :  the apparatus that provides a shower

show·er·less play \-ləs\ adjective
show·ery play \ˈshau̇(-ə)-rē\ adjective
to the showers
  1. :  out of the ball game <a pitcher sent to the showers>



Origin of shower

Middle English shour, from Old English scūr; akin to Old High German scūr shower, storm, Latin caurus northwest wind


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms


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shower

verb show·er

Simple Definition of shower

  • : to wash yourself by using a shower

  • : to fall on someone or something in the way that rain falls from the sky

  • : to provide (someone) with something in large amounts

Full Definition of shower

  • intransitive verb
    1. 1 :  to rain or fall in or as if in a shower <letters showered on him in praise and protest>

    2. 2 :  to bathe in a shower

    3. transitive verb
    4. 1a :  to wet (as with water) in a spray, fine stream, or dropsb (1) :  to cause to fall in a shower <factory chimneys showered soot on the district> (2) :  to cause a shower to fall on <showered the newlyweds with rice>

    5. 2 :  to give in abundance <showered her with honors>

    show·er·er play \ˈshau̇(-ə)r-ər\ noun

    Examples of shower

    1. Please shower before using the pool.

    2. Sparks from the machine showered onto the floor of the garage.

    3. Rice showered down on the newlyweds as they left the church.



    15th Century

    First Known Use of shower

    15th century

    Rhymes with shower


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    shower

    play
    noun show·er \ˈshō-ər\

    Definition of shower

    1. :  one that shows :  exhibitor



    14th Century

    First Known Use of shower

    14th century




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