down·​pour | \ ˈdau̇n-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
Recent Examples on the Web WrestleMania has had rain in the past, but a torrential downpour with strong winds could stop the show even without lightning. Jay Reddick,, "WrestleMania night 2 preview/results from Tampa: Reigns vs. Bryan vs. Edge," 11 Apr. 2021 Moisture in the atmosphere, a slow-moving cold front and thunderstorms boiling over high in the atmosphere all worked together to create the deadly downpour. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Tennessee flooding: More flash flood warnings as rain expected to soak the South again," 30 Mar. 2021 Meteorologists said the downpour is set to continue for the rest of Sunday, with some areas expected to get up to 8 inches of rain. NBC News, "Heavy rains pummel Australia's east bringing worst floods in 50 years," 21 Mar. 2021 Compared to water-resistant softshell jackets, which are meant for milder weather or as layering options, waterproof hardshell jackets are designed to keep out even the harshest downpour. Matthew Young,, "What to wear when hiking in the rain," 20 Mar. 2021 On our way back, we were caught in a sudden downpour and took shelter in a doorway, water crashing down in front of us. Ayşegül Savaş, The New Yorker, "Future Selves," 22 Mar. 2021 New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the downpour across the state, Australia’s most populous with 8 million people, was worse than initially expected, especially for low-lying areas in Sydney’s northwest. NBC News, "Heavy rains pummel Australia's east bringing worst floods in 50 years," 21 Mar. 2021 Fireplaces help patrons warm up on chilly evenings, but the open-air patio isn’t the best place to be caught in a downpour. Patrick Connolly,, "Orlando: 9 best views of the City Beautiful," 3 Mar. 2021 Soon a torrential downpour drenched precisely and exclusively the area where the event was taking place. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, "Why is it so hard to predict the weather?," 3 Dec. 2020

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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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16 Apr 2021

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“Downpour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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