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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Heat waves, frost, rainstorms: As climate change continues to present challenges in vineyards, vintners across the globe are trying to figure out how to manage new and ever-changing conditions. Fortune, "Can New Grapes Save the Wine Industry From Climate Change?," 31 Aug. 2019 Imagine driving into a tunnel during a hard rainstorm—the sudden absence of sound, louder than the onslaught that came before. Chia-chia Lin, The New Yorker, "A novelist’s stint impersonating the ultra-rich in China.," 16 July 2019 The attention to detail is exquisite, from Timon’s jittery hands and random scratching fits to the water droplets hanging off the whiskers of wise mandrill Rafiki (John Kani) during a torrential rainstorm. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Visual majesty elevates live-action ‘Lion King’," 1 July 2019 Last month water flowed out over the top of the city's Lafitte Canal during a heavy rainstorm. Ryan Prior, CNN, "New Orleans inspected a drainage tunnel after a recent flood. Officials found at least one car inside.," 21 Aug. 2019 Dramatic footage captured at the Academy for Technology and Academics, and obtained by The Washington Post, shows Romulus McNeill walking down a sidewalk during a rainstorm in Conway, SC with his umbrella in hand. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Dramatic Footage Captures Man Walking in Rain with Umbrella and Nearly Getting Struck by Lightning," 19 Aug. 2019 The dinner was cooked outdoors, during a rainstorm. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "In Our Midst: Stone And Story: Reinventing a 1765 farm in Stonington," 15 July 2019 With the spritz of some perfume, the scene changes to her getting caught in a tropical rainstorm. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Watch Angelina Jolie's sexy new perfume commercial," 2 Aug. 2019 He was met near the finish line by members of his family, including a young boy who had been soaked in the rainstorm that struck near the end of the race. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Tour de France Leader Gives Yellow Jersey to Shivering Child," 25 July 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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