cloudburst

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noun cloud·burst \-ˌbərst\

Definition of cloudburst

  1. 1 :  a sudden copious rainfall

  2. 2 :  a sudden outpouring :  deluge <a cloudburst of anger>

Examples of cloudburst in a sentence

  1. A cloudburst caused the river to flood.

  2. <the weatherman warned of possible cloudbursts in the afternoon>

1869

First Known Use of cloudburst

1869


CLOUDBURST Defined for English Language Learners

cloudburst

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noun cloud·burst \-ˌbərst\

Definition of cloudburst for English Language Learners

  • : a brief time when it rains very hard : a sudden downpour


CLOUDBURST Defined for Kids

cloudburst

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noun cloud·burst \ˈklau̇d-ˌbərst\

Definition of cloudburst for Students

  1. :  a sudden heavy rainfall



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