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 His coats were light, breathable, and flexible, though not perfectly waterproof: A cotton gabardine caught in a severe downpour will still start to absorb water. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "The North Face’s new fabric is the latest attempt in an endless struggle to stay dry," 31 Oct. 2019 That eventually led them to a sectional final at Dighton-Rehoboth, a game played in a downpour on a muddy grass field that negated the Wildcats speed, factoring into a 28-25 defeat., "Will we get a D1 Super Bowl rematch?," 28 Oct. 2019 Playing in a heavy downpour throughout the game, both Kentucky and Georgia leaned heavily on the running game. Rana L. Cash, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky football vs. Georgia live: When it rained, it poured on Wildcats in 21-0 loss," 19 Oct. 2019 The contradictions of the Buttigieg campaign were on display a few weeks ago in Waterloo, Iowa, when 600 Democrats huddled under rain slickers in a steady downpour to hear the Indiana mayor speak at an outdoor event. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Democrats Don’t Have a Frontrunner," 15 Oct. 2019 Tennis has long been played indoors, and Wimbledon’s two retractable-roofed courts allow big matches to continue in a downpour. The Economist, "Typhoon Hagibis offers a glimpse of sport’s stormy future," 14 Oct. 2019 Playing most of the game in a steady downpour, Petrino made a 40-yarder right before halftime that seemed to give the Terps, who were struggling on offense, a lift. Don Markus,, "After flirting with perfection as freshman, Maryland kicker Joseph Petrino hopes to add distance to accuracy," 21 Aug. 2019 Some brief downpours are possible for the drive home. Dallas News, "Morning showers, then dry before redeveloping showers and storms this afternoon," 28 Jan. 2020 The storms also unleashed downpours that caused widespread flash flooding. Jeff Martin, Fox News, "Tornadoes hit Missouri, Oklahoma, as severe storms move east," 12 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of downpour

1801, in the meaning defined above

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25 Feb 2020

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“Downpour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of downpour

: a sudden heavy rain


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

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: a heavy rain

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