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

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An intense rainstorm Monday night caused the lake to rise. Benjamin Peters, cleveland.com, "Walkway at Horseshoe Lake’s dam in Shaker Heights closed due to rain damage," 28 June 2019 On Wednesday, the city released a statement that said the overflow total from Tuesday's rainstorms amounted to just under 119,000 gallons. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Raw sewage overflowing from Baytown manholes after recent storms.. .again," 26 June 2019 Bacteria concentrations in recreational waters can increase during and immediately after rainstorms due to overflowing sewage collection, stormwater runoff, malfunctioning septic systems, and agricultural runoff. al.com, "Health advisory issued for swimming near Fairhope public beach," 21 June 2019 Unusually heavy and frequent rainstorms that have deluged the area this spring are causing problems for the Naperville Park District and have forced the DuPage and Will county forest preserve districts to cancel events. James Krause, Naperville Sun, "Heavy May rain has put Naperville Park District behind on mowing, closed some forest preserve sites," 7 June 2019 Even a torrential rainstorm couldn't stop Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Radhika Jones from packing the house—or the Hôtel du Cap—for the magazine’s annual dinner and after-party at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival Saturday night. Catherine Scott, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Attend Vanity Fair's Cannes After-Party," 21 May 2019 Sunday’s conditions were far from ideal, as a constant rainstorm pelted riders and flooded FDR drive, requiring cyclists to coast through lakes that threatened to pull them under. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "E-Biking My Way Through New York's Five Boro Bike Tour," 9 May 2019 Powerful rainstorms have battered Northern California this week. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "‘Rivers in the sky’ are why California is flooding," 1 Mar. 2019 During heavy rainstorms, Gramiccioni said the storm system would back up, pushing into the street and into nearby basements. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Stoneleigh stormwater drainage project to get started this summer, county says," 10 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce rainstorm (audio) \

Kids Definition of rainstorm

: a storm of or with rain

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