rain·​wa·​ter | \ ˈrān-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce rainwater (audio) , -ˌwä- \

Definition of rainwater

: water fallen as rain that has not collected soluble matter from the soil and is therefore soft

Examples of rainwater in a Sentence

a bucket filled with rainwater
Recent Examples on the Web Bocas Bali is being promoted as 100% off-grid -- catchment basins store 100,000 gallons of rainwater, while electricity is generated by solar panels. Karla Cripps, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 This control over the ground cover alters the functioning of the watershed by preventing rainwater or moisture from soaking into the ground. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 26 Apr. 2022 The five-year project was designed to provide fresh water — rainwater, ground water or desalinated water — at low cost during storm season emergencies. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 The biggest problem is diminishing rainwater needed to operate the 50-mile waterway, through which 4% of global trade passes. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, 28 June 2021 Thanks to such property, hemp can rely on rainwater instead of irrigated water, which could be used for other productive purposes. Dario Sabaghi, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 The evidence lies in those hollows, which are perfect spots to hide from the sun during the dry season – when they're not filled with rainwater. Mariam Sule, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 People have visited these rocky hills in West Texas for thousands of years, looking for rainwater in the huecos, or natural rock basins. Amanda Ogle, Travel + Leisure, 20 Feb. 2022 Both agreed that a better practice might be to collect rainwater in a bucket and use the water to feed houseplants. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rainwater

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Rainwater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rainwater. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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rain·​wa·​ter | \ ˈrān-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce rainwater (audio) , -ˌwä- \

Kids Definition of rainwater

: water from rain

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Rain·​wa·​ter | \ ˈrān-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce Rainwater (audio) , -ˌwä- \

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