rain out


rained out; raining out; rains out

transitive verb

: to interrupt or prevent (something, such as a sports event) by rain
rainout noun

Examples of rain out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the clouds rain out, the mushballs capture other ammonia gases on the way down, which explains the pockets of missing ammonia throughout the atmosphere that Juno has also observed. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 May 2024 The practice, known as cloud seeding, involves spraying chemical compounds into the air in an effort to wring more rain out of the sky. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 18 Apr. 2024 On a day when many softball teams in the Bay Area had their games rained out, Dublin was able to win a thriller at a tournament. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 5 Apr. 2024 The lightweight rain jacket has all the makings of becoming your go-to for sprinkles and downpours alike, including ample pockets for your belongings, elastic cuffs to prevent water from running down your arms, and adjustable drawstrings on the hood and waist for keeping wind and rain out. Michelle Rostamian, Peoplemag, 4 Apr. 2024 Another effect falling temperatures may have will be the appearance of a fleeting thunderstorm, as cooler air closer to the ground pushes warmer more humid air upward, where moisture then condenses and rains out. TIME, 25 Mar. 2024 Saturday's Xfinity Series opener was also rained out. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2024 Repair weatherstripping and any leaks to keep the rain out. Debbie Arrington, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 The waterproof material keeps rain out if you get caught in a shower, and the interiors are easy to clean if a tub of soup spills on your way home. Anne Loreto Cruz, Bon Appétit, 11 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rain out was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Rain out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rain%20out. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

rain out

: to interrupt or prevent (as a sports event) by rain
rainout noun
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