cloud·​burst | \ ˈklau̇d-ˌbərst How to pronounce cloudburst (audio) \

Definition of cloudburst

1 : a sudden copious rainfall
2 : a sudden outpouring : deluge a cloudburst of anger

Examples of cloudburst in a Sentence

A cloudburst caused the river to flood. the weatherman warned of possible cloudbursts in the afternoon
Recent Examples on the Web Francona said McKenzie also deserved some credit for keeping his defense engaged throughout a game that featured steamy temperatures and a brief cloudburst that did not ultimately delay the game. Joe Noga, cleveland, 7 Aug. 2022 The cloudburst that occurred in the area of a sacred Hindu cave about 75 miles west of Srinagar the previous day brought the Amarnath pilgrimage to a halt. Shams Irfan, Washington Post, 9 July 2022 In making his allegations, Louis Angelos recounts anecdotes — for example, about stormy encounters and a years-long rift between John and his father — that unleash a cloudburst of family drama. Jean Marbella, Baltimore Sun, 10 June 2022 This wasn’t an isolated cloudburst; this was a massive storm system that would drop 12 inches of rain on the region in less than 24 hours. Josh Patterson, Outside Online, 22 May 2020 Why work so hard to verify a cloudburst of butterflies migrating so long ago through the busiest part of one of the busiest cities on Earth? Longreads, 2 Mar. 2022 As the cloudburst raged, water sluiced down the slope. New York Times, 25 Sep. 2021 The rain culminated in the record-setting cloudburst on July 20. New York Times, 25 Sep. 2021 Because of exceptional levels of moisture in the atmosphere, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch Saturday evening ahead of the cloudburst. Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cloudburst

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cloudburst.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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cloud·​burst | \ ˈklau̇d-ˌbərst How to pronounce cloudburst (audio) \

Kids Definition of cloudburst

: a sudden heavy rainfall

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