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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The boys entered the caverns around 2 p.m. About an hour later, there was a sudden downpour lasting half an hour, followed by steady rain from 7 p.m. onward. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Four Boys Rescued From Flooded Thai Cave," 8 July 2018 Though the cloudy skies could bring quick downpours in isolated areas, rainfall totals are only expected to be in the 1- to 3-inch range - though some spots could see up to 6 inches. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Flash flood warnings in place as soggy 4th of July forecast set to rain on parades across SE Texas," 4 July 2018 National Weather Service forecasters are concerned about the possibility for more heavy rain Thursday across portions of far southern Wisconsin that were hit by torrential downpours already this week. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ugh. More rain. Flash flood watch for far southern Wisconsin.," 21 June 2018 Also for the Boilermakers, Devynne Charlton was second in the 100-meter hurdles in 12.77 during a downpour. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Pike grad Lynna Irby sets NCAA meet record in winning 400 meters," 9 June 2018 On Monday morning during a downpour, Fight for $15 protestors gathered outside of McDonald’s new Chicago headquarters to demand better wages. Greg Trotter, ajc, "McDonald’s will keep using plastic straws, but is studying alternatives," 28 May 2018 For a quarter-century, your humble Observer's gaze has peered through ice, rain, steam, sweat and most other encumbrances, but even he was staggered by the downpours challenging this year's party. The Masked Observer,, "Masked Observer muses on Mellow MoonPies and Carnival's unwavering spirit," 16 Feb. 2018 But a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, trapping them. NBC News, "Boys rescued from Thailand cave to be discharged from hospital on Thursday," 14 July 2018 While a sign outside the Tham Luang Cave warns that monsoon downpours can transform internal passageways into powerful rivers within a few hours, the boys had explored its caverns before. Hannah Beech, The Seattle Times, "For some Thai soccer-team members, cave ordeal was only their latest test," 10 July 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 \

Kids Definition of downpour

: a heavy rain

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