down·​pour | \ -ˌpȯr How to pronounce downpour (audio) \

Definition of downpour

: a pouring or streaming downward especially : a heavy rain

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Examples of downpour in a Sentence

the downpour was so heavy that we were soaked by the time we got to the car

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Florence parked itself over the Carolinas on Saturday, bringing with it torrential downpours, dangerous winds and coastal flooding that required hundreds of water rescues and ended in multiple deaths. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Florence weakens to tropical depression, but flooding threat remains severe," 16 Sep. 2018 Intense downpours that far exceeded the forecast created massive debris flows in Montecito, a coastal town east of Goleta, burying homes and cars under mud and boulders. Howard Blume,, "Another night of terror and calamity for Santa Barbara County as new destructive fire sweeps through," 8 July 2018 The nation’s extreme weather — flood-inducing downpours, extended droughts, heat waves and bitter cold and snow — has doubled in 30 years, according to a federal index. Washington Post, "Global warming cooks up ‘a different world’ over 3 decades," 18 June 2018 Wednesday evening brought one of the few Grant Park Music Festival season openers that wasn’t severely compromised or canceled outright because of downpours, bone-chilling temperatures or various combinations thereof, in recent years. John Von Rhein,, "Grant Park Music Festival opens with a choral blockbuster under friendly skies," 14 June 2018 Two to three inches of rain are likely from Sunday through Wednesday, but some parts of the region could get downpours, producing six inches or more, according to National Weather Service forecaster Brett Williams. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "Rain to come after long dry spell, but will it be enough to stop a drought?," 14 June 2018 Police said the left, eastbound lane of the interstate was completely covered in water because of a heavy downpour, which caused a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe to hydroplane, crash head-on into a concrete median wall, and come to rest facing north. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Police blame heavy rain for crash that injured 9," 15 May 2018 The downpour in Kauai, however, sustained for 30 hours. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Adventures in the shadow of nature’s greatest powers," 29 Apr. 2018 Expect downpours, with lightning, gusty winds, and possible hail into the afternoon commute. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Tornado spotted in downtown Fort Lauderdale | Miami Herald," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of downpour

1801, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of downpour

: a sudden heavy rain


down·​pour | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌpȯr How to pronounce downpour (audio) \

Kids Definition of downpour

: a heavy rain

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