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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But the 200-mile-long bay is increasingly being ravaged by runoff-triggering downpours, including record-setting rainfall in 2018 and this year's soggy spring. Davd Mcfadden,, "Intensifying downpours threaten the Chesapeake," 6 July 2019 Mumbai's local government declared Tuesday a public holiday as the financial hub continued to be hit by downpours. Sugam Pokharel And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Maharashtra storm: 43 dead as Indian state pummeled by heavy monsoon rains," 3 July 2019 Ideas overflowed, like the flash floods caused by downpours during the festival's final day on June 1. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "The Festival of Books and Ideas serves up a 5-day buffet of ideas for Dallas," 6 June 2019 The annual monsoon rains were already underway in Kerala when it was hit by torrential downpours beginning Aug. 8. Aijaz Rahi, The Seattle Times, "Indian military scales down flood rescue operations," 21 Aug. 2018 Soft southwesterly breezes and mostly clear skies will make for a pleasant spring day along the Front Range while thunder, hail and isolated heavy downpours are expected in the foothills and mountains, according to national weather forecasters. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Sunny in the city as storms rattle the foothills and mountains," 6 June 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce downpour (audio) \

Kids Definition of downpour

: a heavy rain

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