rainstorm

noun
rain·​storm | \ ˈrān-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce rainstorm (audio) \

Definition of rainstorm

: a storm of or with rain

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Examples of rainstorm in a Sentence

we ran into a big rainstorm on Highway 6, and the visibility was so poor we had to pull over
Recent Examples on the Web Sunny skies will stick around until Saturday but then a late-season rainstorm will hit the Bay Area for Sunday and Monday, the Weather Service said. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Late season rain to hit Bay Area on Sunday, Monday," 15 May 2020 Last week, in an early morning rainstorm, Mr. Heisler stood on a pedestrian plaza in Times Square, catching the rhythm of the LCD screens cycling through messages. Emily Palmer, New York Times, "Capturing a World of Emptiness," 27 Mar. 2020 Heavy rainstorms are also becoming more frequent and tropical cyclones more intense. The Economist, "Climate change is forcing Asian cities to rethink their flood defences," 19 Sep. 2019 Outside observers said rainstorms could be a catastrophe in North Korea because of poor drainage, deforestation and decrepit infrastructure in the impoverished country. Hyung-jin Kim, USA TODAY, "Powerful typhoon kills 5 in North Korea, 3 in South Korea; hundreds of homes destroyed," 9 Sep. 2019 Outside observers said rainstorms could be a catastrophe in North Korea because of poor drainage, deforestation and decrepit infrastructure in the impoverished country. NBC News, "Typhoon kills 5 in North Korea, 3 in South Korea," 8 Sep. 2019 The ancient droughts in the West were caused by natural climate cycles that shifted the path of snow and rainstorms. Bob Berwyn, ExpressNews.com, "‘Mega-drought’ could be in store for Texas, western U.S.," 16 Apr. 2020 While farmers rush to plant between rainstorms, time is growing short for agricultural companies to sell some of their most profitable products, as the weather woes reverberate across supply chains. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Freight’s Lower Gear; Warehousing’s Big Buy; Farming Under Water," 24 May 2019 Things looked sunnier two seasons later when MSU stunned the Wolverines in Ann Arbor in a rainstorm, won a bowl game, and finished with 10 wins. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football vs. MSU feels like a foregone conclusion. And that's too bad," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rainstorm

1799, in the meaning defined above

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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rainstorm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rainstorm. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for rainstorm

rainstorm

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How to pronounce rainstorm (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rainstorm

: a storm that produces rain

rainstorm

noun
rain·​storm | \ ˈrān-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce rainstorm (audio) \

Kids Definition of rainstorm

: a storm of or with rain

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