rain out


rained out; raining out; rains out

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This jacket is soft, stretchy, and keeps rain out. Gear Team, Wired, 13 Mar. 2021 But the Bay Area will also see its fair share of rain out of this upcoming moisture exchange, with models leaning toward the San Francisco Peninsula tallying up anywhere from three tenths of an inch along the coast to upwards of an inch and a half heading south on Highway 1. Gerry Díaz, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Oct. 2022 It is peppered with holes where wall panels and roof tiles that kept the rain out were dislodged by a powerful earth tremor last month, stirring frightening memories of the devastating quake on March 11, 2011, that led to a tsunami and a nuclear meltdown. Reuters, ABC News, 11 Mar. 2021 According to their models, methane in the atmosphere of an anoxic Earth-like planet would typically react with the carbon dioxide that still filled the air, mingling further with another ubiquitous gas, nitrogen, as well as with water vapor to ultimately rain out as heavier compounds. Lee Billings, Scientific American, 24 Jan. 2018 Burrows joins The Tigers called up outfielder Travis Demeritte from the alternate training site in Toledo for Friday's scheduled doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins, only to send him back a few hours later because of the rain out. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 29 Aug. 2020 That high pressure is now expected to last through the work week keeping rain out of the region. oregonlive, 14 Feb. 2023 There’s also a toggle at the top that keeps snow and rain out while ensuring a secure fit. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 10 Feb. 2023 Structured hoods with adjustable drawstrings and brims are the best option to keep the rain out of your vision. Amanda Constantine, Good Housekeeping, 30 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

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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 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

rain out

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