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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Quigg said the money would go to fix up the encampment following damage caused by major rainstorms in December, and placing the debris in the dumpsters provided by the city. The (aberdeen) Daily World, The Seattle Times, "Federal judge grants settlement for homeless advocates in lawsuit against Aberdeen," 20 Feb. 2019 The tristate area is hit by a terrible rainstorm that causes a rolling blackout. Susanna Fogel, Glamour, "This Is What You’ve Got Mail Would Look Like 20 Years Later," 20 Dec. 2018 The Black Hole let in about two ounces of water while sitting on my porch during the rainstorm, which put it out of running for first place. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "The Best Duffel Bags," 18 Apr. 2018 Removing that kind of oil could be a primary application for Oleo's Sponge, especially in harbors and near major metropolitan areas, where vehicle runoff after rainstorms and recreational boats vomits oil into the natural habitat. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "New sponge for cleaning harbor oil leaks has a successful real-world test," 16 Aug. 2018 The main concern is over whether the dams can absorb the massive rainstorms during South East Asia’s monsoon season. James Hookway And Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "Construction Firms Scrambled to Prevent Laotian Dam’s Collapse," 25 July 2018 Emmett told the Houston Chronicle later Wednesday, pointing to the rainstorm as proof of the need for county voters next month to approve a $2.5 billion flood bond proposal. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Heavy rains dampen Houston area’s Fourth of July celebrations," 4 July 2018 The rain that fell on Monday was the largest rainstorm since the Boston Marathon. David Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Breaking the pattern of weekend rain, it’s time to make way for sun," 7 June 2018 The most powerful rainstorm of the year is expected to deliver a direct hit to areas burned in the Thomas fire, bringing with it fears of new destructive mudslides. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Battered by fires and floods, beleaguered Montecito braces for more potential destruction," 21 Mar. 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 How to pronounce rainstorm (audio) \

Kids Definition of rainstorm

: a storm of or with rain

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