rainfall

noun
rain·fall | \ ˈrān-ˌfȯl \

Definition of rainfall 

1 : the amount of precipitation usually measured by the depth in inches

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Examples of rainfall in a Sentence

This area has an average annual rainfall of 12 inches. an increase in annual rainfall

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The assessment of casualties has been difficult because of the widespread area affected by the rainfall, flooding, and landslides since late last week. Haruka Nuga, BostonGlobe.com, "Rescuers search for 80 still missing after Japan floods," 9 July 2018 Measurable rainfall — less than one-tenth of an inch — also fell in parts of Mesa and Tempe and north Phoenix. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Smog or fog? Nah. That's dust in the Phoenix area," 9 July 2018 The assessment of casualties has been difficult because of the widespread area affected by the rainfall, flooding and landslides. Time, "Death Toll Climbs to 76 As Heavy Rains Slam Southern Japan," 8 July 2018 The assessment of casualties has been difficult because of the widespread area affected by the rainfall, flooding and landslides. Haruka Nuga And Yuri Kageyama, chicagotribune.com, "Death toll climbs to 76 as heavy rains hammer southern Japan," 8 July 2018 The assessment of casualties has been difficult because of the widespread area affected by the rainfall, flooding and landslides. Yuri Kageyama, Fox News, "Death toll climbs to 76 as heavy rains hammer southern Japan," 7 July 2018 The state is also expected to see average rainfall, which for Indianapolis is between 4 and 5 inches of rain. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis heats up this weekend as temperatures climb into the 90s," 15 June 2018 The storm, moving slowly through the Caribbean Sea, is threatening to bring heavy rainfall, mudslides, and flash floods to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend. CBS News, "Florida gov. declares state of emergency ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto," 26 May 2018 The longest Washington has ever gone in the summer months of June through August without measurable rainfall was 25 days in 1995, ending Aug. 31. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Washington is in a ‘flash drought,’ with only fleeting chances of rain in the forecast," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of rainfall

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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rainfall

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rainfall

: the amount of rain that falls on a particular area

rainfall

noun
rain·fall | \ ˈrān-ˌfȯl \

Kids Definition of rainfall

2 : amount of precipitation Their average annual rainfall is 80 centimeters.

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