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
Recent Examples on the Web The mesh material also dries quicker than fabric cushions after a rainstorm. Bridget Degnan, Southern Living, "The Best Porch Swings for Every Outdoor Space, According to Reviews," 2 Apr. 2021 Plus, the ground near the shed will turn into a soggy, muddy quagmire after every rainstorm. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Shed in 7 Easy Steps," 18 Mar. 2021 On April 25, 1979, the roof of the media center there collapsed after a major rainstorm. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, "School’s collapsed roof recalls crash from 42 years ago," 9 Mar. 2021 Today, Caltrans will begin repairing the section of Scenic Highway 1 near Big Sur that broke off into the ocean after a rainstorm in January. Anna Buchmann, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Briefing: A California exodus? Not so much, data shows," 1 Mar. 2021 The danger posed by structurally deficient bridges was illustrated in Italy in August 2018 when a major road viaduct collapsed during a rainstorm, killing 43 people. Niall Mccarthy, Forbes, "More Than 220,000 Bridges Need Repair Work In The U.S. [Infographic]," 6 Apr. 2021 Douglas improved to 10-3 on the year, beating Boaz 14-10 in a rainstorm. al, "Huntsville spring sports roundup: Buckhorn baseball perfect last week," 22 Mar. 2021 Watching the chance of a little snow, on the back end of a mild rainstorm, Thursday night into Friday (Christmas Day). Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Not as cold the next few days with a few flakes possible; looking stormy Christmas Eve into Christmas Day," 20 Dec. 2020 On their second hang-out, Sill and Peltier went to the Griffith Observatory during a rainstorm. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, "The Many Lives of Judee Sill," 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of rainstorm

1799, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rainstorm was in 1799

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22 Apr 2021

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“Rainstorm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rainstorm. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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