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

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Part of Tuesday’s practice unfolded during a downpour. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Here’s where Dolphins’ quarterback battle stands with two days left in offseason program," 4 June 2019 There was no more rain until the game finished in a downpour that started when the Rangers were batting in the ninth. Stephen Hawkins, The Seattle Times, "Cardinals get 1st win over Rangers since 2011 World Series," 18 May 2019 Once, when she was stranded across town in a downpour and flash flood, Ms. Martinez called a boyfriend to pick her up in his truck. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "The Year Hurricane Harvey Swamped a Neighborhood—and Split a Friendship," 16 Aug. 2018 Monday night, in the midst of a downpour on the Upper West Side, AMC Lincoln Square 13 hosted the world premiere of Trial by Fire (out this Friday). Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Laura Dern Ignites at the Premiere of Trial by Fire," 15 May 2019 The latest weather forecasts indicate most of the U.S. will get drenched with cold rain this weekend, with downpours expected to soak the East, South, and parts of the Midwest and Southwest on Sunday. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Weather Forecast for Mother's Day Weekend Isn't Looking Good," 10 May 2019 Heavy rain and downpours will bring the chance of flooding across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast through Saturday morning, then a relative drying trend will evolve through the weekend across much of the East. Janice Dean, Fox News, "More rain for the East, Dry, hot temperatures return next week for the West," 3 Aug. 2018 While no organized thunderstorm activity occurred, scattered pop-up thunderstorms dotted the landscape, producing brief downpours. Tom Skilling,, "City's hot, muggy Fourth, the warmest in 6 years," 4 July 2018 Exhausted migrants rested on tarps inside giant tents set up by local officials, or spread sleeping bags on the stands after weeks of walking under the blistering sun by day and tropical downpours at night. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Migrant Caravan Makes a Stop in Mexico City," 6 Nov. 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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