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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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 Chris Blasnek said the department was that night knocking on doors and preparing to evacuate the Kagel Canyon burn area above Lakeview Terrace ahead of the impending rainstorm, which was expected to cause debris flow. Matt Sanderson, latimes.com, "City works compromise with homeowner trying to remove protected oak tree," 21 Mar. 2018 At least 20 people were killed, hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged and roads were swamped on Jan. 9 when a deluge from a rainstorm unleashed massive debris flows from the Thomas fire burn scar above Montecito. David Caraccio, sacbee, "This is what the mud cleanup in Montecito is looking like | The Sacramento Bee," 18 Jan. 2018 Inland, the grid is still threatened by flooding but from more intense rainstorms. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "US tries to bury report on climate change’s dire health, economic impacts," 26 Nov. 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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