rain·​drop | \ ˈrān-ˌdräp How to pronounce raindrop (audio) \

Definition of raindrop

: a drop of rain

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At the bottom of a grassy knoll, placed next to his modest tombstone, there was just one white rose — dotted with raindrops and wrapped in the colors of the Irish flag. -- Happening tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.: The Daily 202 Live with Bernie Sanders. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: RFK’s speech in apartheid South Africa remains relevant 50 years after his assassination," 5 June 2018 For those looking eastward from the District in late afternoon, sunlight reflected off raindrops created a rainbow. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Rain loomed, but D.C.’s events marched on," 9 June 2018 Somehow the raindrops and the misty air at the 19th-century Marble Cemetery enhanced both the visuals and the mood, providing a perfect backdrop for the filmy, floral creations that the Mulleavys specialize in. Jocelyn Noveck, The Seattle Times, "Under a steady rain, Rodarte’s fairy tale designs shimmer," 10 Sep. 2018 The raindrops and surface runoff can easily erode and transport the unprotected soil on the hillsides. Lee Macdonald, Washington Post, "Those deadly mudslides you’ve read about? Expect worse in the future.," 20 Jan. 2018 Please transform my optics Transformation optics is one of my favorite things (right after raindrops on roses and definitely replacing all mention of kittens). Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Researchers 3D print a wormhole… for sound waves," 6 Dec. 2018 Don’t give up your style when the raindrops begin to fall. Caitlin Flynn, The Seattle Times, "Sweaters, jackets for summer nights and fall days," 16 Aug. 2018 And that upward boost means more water vapor turns to raindrops. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Houston’s cityscape squeezed extra rain out of Hurricane Harvey," 16 Nov. 2018 Screaming winds bent trees and raindrops flew sideways as Florence's leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday. Jonathan Drew, Fox News, "Florence's onslaught could cue disaster in North Carolina," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of raindrop

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of raindrop

: a single drop of rain


rain·​drop | \ ˈrān-ˌdräp How to pronounce raindrop (audio) \

Kids Definition of raindrop

: a drop of rain

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