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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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 The boys and their coach went exploring in the massive Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 23 after a soccer practice, and were cut off when a rainstorm flooded the cave. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, chicagotribune.com, "Rescue of remaining 4 boys, coach from flooded Thai cave could take two operations," 9 July 2018 Here are a few tales of cave rescues that worked: A cry for help, in a box In 1983, eight amateur spelunkers were trapped in a Kentucky cave after a rainstorm caused a stream to rise, sealing their only escape route. Mike Ives, New York Times, "5 Cave Rescues That Worked: Thailand Can Find Hope in Past Success," 3 July 2018 Much of the Tham Luang complex is flooded from June to October, and a five-hour rainstorm Wednesday pushed water levels to the highest level since the rescue mission began. James Hookway, WSJ, "Rescuers Battle Nature in Race to Save Boys Trapped in Flooded Thailand Cave," 29 June 2018 Duckett said a good spring rainstorm helps workers determine where such patches are needed. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Miller Park roof delivers comfort for fans, pays dividends at the Brewers box office," 2 Apr. 2018 The goal is to make the oil majors liable for the greenhouse gases produced from their products and the local damages of climate change: rising average temperatures, melting snowpack, extreme weather like rainstorms and drought, and higher seas. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why Colorado thinks it has a chance to make oil companies pay for climate change," 5 July 2018 Given the gift of facing the dreadful Baltimore Orioles for a second time this season — thanks to a torrential rainstorm May 15 that postponed the game by nearly two months — Pivetta didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Nick Pivetta picks up much-needed win in Phillies' victory over Orioles," 12 July 2018 Though rain supposedly means good luck on a wedding day, one pair of Mississippi lovebirds were even more fortunate when strangers offered to host their nuptials inside their home after a torrential rainstorm threatened to ruin their beachside vows. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Mississippi couple hosts strangers' wedding inside their home after nuptials are rained out," 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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