down·​pour | \-ˌpȯr \

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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Months of downpours unleashed cascades of mud and water, washing away neighborhoods and killing 162. Barbara Fraser, Discover Magazine, "Understanding the Amazon By Digging Into the Ground Beneath It," 28 Sep. 2018 At the beginning of the race Monday morning, some signs bore the weary signs of sogginess amid the downpour in the Boston area. Jaclyn Reiss,, "A look at the signs along the 2018 Boston Marathon route," 16 Apr. 2018 Nothing can stop designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy—not even a downpour. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Behind the Scenes of Rodarte’s Spectacular Return to NYFW," 10 Sep. 2018 Designed to replicate a true rain experience, the Real Rain™ Shower Panel takes you from a gentle drizzle to a warm summer rain and finally, if desired, to a drenching downpour. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "13 Ways To Make Even The Tiniest Bathroom Feel Like A Spa," 21 Aug. 2018 Some of the latrines are piled high with fly-riddled excrement, which seeps out the sides during downpours. Kristen Gelineau, The Seattle Times, "Nowhere to run: Rohingya hunker down as monsoon season arrives," 17 July 2018 The cave is typically closed from July to October during Thailand’s rainy season, and for rescue divers the possibility of being trapped in the cave during a violent downpour was one of the most omnipresent threats. J. Weston Phippen, Outside Online, "The Daring Rescue that Saved the Thai Soccer Team," 10 July 2018 No severe weather is anticipated, but isolated, brief downpours are expected. Tom Skilling,, "Steamy Fourth could feature natural fireworks," 3 July 2018 Possible downpours are expected to seriously limit visibility while driving west of I-45. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "More rain expected today in Houston area," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of downpour

1801, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of downpour was in 1801

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English Language Learners Definition of downpour

: a sudden heavy rain


down·​pour | \ˈdau̇n-ˌpȯr \

Kids Definition of downpour

: a heavy rain

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