rainfall

noun

rain·​fall ˈrān-ˌfȯl How to pronounce rainfall (audio)
1
: the amount of precipitation usually measured by the depth in inches
2

Examples of rainfall in a Sentence

This area has an average annual rainfall of 12 inches. an increase in annual rainfall
Recent Examples on the Web New rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 9 May 2024 New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. John Tufts, The Indianapolis Star, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for rainfall 

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rainfall was in 1817

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Cite this Entry

“Rainfall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rainfall. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

rainfall

noun
rain·​fall -ˌfȯl How to pronounce rainfall (audio)
1
: a fall of rain
2
: amount of precipitation
an annual rainfall of 20 inches

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