rain·​storm | \ˈrān-ˌstȯrm \

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

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That causes water to overflow at choke points, such as Lake Harney, for several days after a heavy rainstorm. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "East Seminole County residents keep nervous eye on rising St. Johns," 9 July 2018 The camp’s roads can be bone-jarring even in a hulking SUV, and nearly impassable after a rainstorm, but they are still packed with merchants hawking just about everything in stalls painted upbeat turquoise and teal. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg Used-goods collectors rest under umbrellas during a rainstorm in Shenzhen, China. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures," 14 June 2018 On Sunday, Ellicott City's second 1-in-1,000-year rainstorm in two years killed one man and devastated the quaint old mill town, located about 13 miles west of Baltimore. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Before-and-after images show heartbreaking devastation from Ellicott City flood," 29 May 2018 The main spillway broke in two during a major rainstorm in February 2017. Molly Sullivan And Dale Kasler, sacbee, "After heavy rains, first use of partly rebuilt Oroville Dam spillway now 'unlikely' | The Sacramento Bee," 8 Apr. 2018 The only sound heard through the top was rain when sitting still; a rainstorm is the only time the top should be up. Andy Mikonis, chicagotribune.com, "Auto review: Mercedes-Benz S560 Cabriolet options over $150,000 of drop-top luxury," 13 June 2018 In the front of the store, between racks of plush slippers and coloring books, a yellow bucket caught drips from Tuesday’s rainstorm through a leaky roof. Faith E. Pinho, Indianapolis Star, "Last Indianapolis area Toys R Us stores are closing their doors," 26 June 2018 They were cut off from exiting the massive cave when a rainstorm flooded the exit. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Thai cave rescue timeline: The dangerous race to bring trapped soccer team home," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of rainstorm

1799, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rainstorm

: a storm that produces rain


rain·​storm | \ˈrān-ˌstȯrm \

Kids Definition of rainstorm

: a storm of or with rain

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