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 Temperatures in Los Angeles were in the 40's, downpours caused bumper to bumper traffic and the runoff even led to a risky swift water rescue after a man got trapped in the quickly rising Los Angeles River. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Snow and rain disrupts Thanksgiving travelers across the country," 27 Nov. 2019 In June, following an 11-inch downpour upstream, the Catawba River burst its banks here in a catastrophe that can’t be cured by opening up a few extra acres of flood plain. Washington Post, "One city’s plan to combat climate change: Bulldoze homes, rebuild paradise," 26 Nov. 2019 The bag is completely water repellent, so downpours aren’t an issue, especially thanks to the zipper on top. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Stylish, Weatherproof Tote Bag Works in Every Travel Situation," 11 Nov. 2019 Earlier Kentucky played its last two games in absolute downpours against Georgia and Missouri. Rana L. Cash, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky football vs. Tennessee: Wildcats lack the offensive punch to put Vols away," 9 Nov. 2019 Timing of the cold front does not look favorably upon the Midwest, where a line of steady rain and downpours will be marching east throughout the day. Matthew Cappucci,, "Trick or treat? A region-by-region Halloween weather forecast," 31 Oct. 2019 The Giants are now 2-5, and there is no excuse in losing at home to a rookie quarterback (Kyler Murray) playing in downpour conditions., "The Wolfpack is now running the NFL in 2019. All three quarterbacks have their teams in first place, with a combined record of 16-2. Brady and Garoppolo are the only 6-0 QBs in the NFL, while Brissett has the Colts riding high at 4-2 following Sunday’s statement win over the Texans.," 21 Oct. 2019 Faced with an steady downpour throughout the game, both teams struggled to throw and catch the ball, and three Robbie Gould field goals accounted for the entirety of the scoring. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Kyle Shanahan gives game ball to Mike Shanahan after 49ers' win over Redskins," 20 Oct. 2019 Heat waves, wildfires and intense downpours occurring more frequently as climate changes will limit the populations of ranges of birds including the Baltimore oriole, a new Audubon Society report says. Scott Dance,, "Here’s how a report says climate change will harm Baltimore orioles and other birds in Maryland," 11 Oct. 2019

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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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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Downpour.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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