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rain

 (rān)
n.
1.
a. Water condensed from atmospheric vapor and falling in drops.
b. A fall of such water; a rainstorm.
c. The descent of such water.
d. Rainy weather.
e. rains A rainy season.
2. A heavy or abundant fall: a rain of fluffy cottonwood seeds; a rain of insults.
v. rained, rain·ing, rains
v.intr.
1. To fall in drops of water from the clouds.
2. To fall like rain: Praise rained down on the composer.
3. To release rain.
v.tr.
1. To send or pour down.
2. To give abundantly; shower: rain gifts; rain curses upon their heads.
Phrasal Verb:
rain out
To force the cancellation or postponement of (an outdoor event) because of rain. Used in passive constructions: The ball game was rained out.
Idiom:
rain cats and dogs Informal
To rain very heavily.

[Middle English, from Old English regn, rēn.]

rain′less adj.

rain

(reɪn)
n
1. (Physical Geography)
a. precipitation from clouds in the form of drops of water, formed by the condensation of water vapour in the atmosphere
b. a fall of rain; shower
c. (in combination): a raindrop. hyetalpluvious
2. a large quantity of anything falling rapidly or in quick succession: a rain of abuse.
3. rain or shine come rain or shine
a. regardless of the weather
b. regardless of circumstances
4. right as rain informal Brit perfectly all right; perfectly fit
vb
5. (intr; with it as subject) to be the case that rain is falling
6. (often with: it as subject) to fall or cause to fall like rain: the lid flew off and popcorn rained on everyone.
7. (tr) to bestow in large measure: to rain abuse on someone.
8. rain cats and dogs informal to rain heavily; pour
9. rained off cancelled or postponed on account of rain. US and Canadian term: rained out
[Old English regn; related to Old Frisian rein, Old High German regan, Gothic rign]
ˈrainless adj

rain

(reɪn)

n.
1. water that is condensed from the aqueous vapor in the atmosphere and falls to earth in drops.
2. a rainfall, rainstorm, or shower.
3. rains, the rainy season; seasonal rainfall.
4. weather marked by steady or frequent rainfall.
5. a heavy and continuous descent or inflicting of anything: a rain of blows; a rain of vituperation.
v.i.
6. (of rain) to fall (usu. used impersonally with it as subject): It rained all night.
7. to fall like rain: Tears rained from their eyes.
8. to send down rain.
v.t.
9. to send down as or like rain.
10. to offer or bestow in great quantity; shower: to rain favors upon a person.
11. rain out, to cancel or postpone because of rain.
Idioms:
rain cats and dogs, to rain very heavily or steadily.
[before 900; (n.) Middle English rein; Old English regn, rēn, c. Dutch, German regen, Old Norse regn, Gothic rign; (v.) Middle English reinen, Old English regnian]
rain′less, adj.

rain

(rān)
Water that condenses from vapor in the atmosphere and falls to earth as separate drops from clouds.

Rain


the study of the geographical distribution of rainfall by annual totals. — hyetographic, hyetographical, adj.
Rare. the branch of meteorology that studies rainfall. — hyetologist, n.hyetological, adj.
the branch of meteorology that studies rain. — ombrological, n.
an abnormal fear of rain.
the branch of meteorology that automatically measures rainfall and snowfall. — pluviographic, pluviographical, adj.
the branch of meteorology concerned with the measurement of rainfall. — pluviometric, pluviometrical, adj.
an instrument for measuring rainfall; a rain gauge.
raininess. — pluvious, adj.
the measurement of rainfall with any of various types of rain gauges. — udometric, adj.
a self-registering rain gauge.

Rain

 the falling or driving of numerous particles; the particles themselves, collectively.
Examples: rain of frogs, 1593; of kisses, 1893; of melody, 1820; of calm moonbeams, 1821; of pearls, 1847; of snow, 1388; of sparks; of tears, 1541.

Rain

 

See Also: WEATHER

  1. As if a mask had been peeled off, the rain ended —Tim O’Brien
  2. Big soft drops splash on people’s hands and cheeks, immense warm drops like melted stars —Katherine Mansfield
  3. Drizzle whispered upon Joseph’s umbrella like muffled applause —Rick Borsten
  4. Droplets fired upon our windows like bullets of tin —Ira Wood
  5. The drops like bugs stuck on the pane —F. D. Reeve
  6. A dull rain, like a tap left running —Jean Thompson
  7. Fall rain as fine as spray from an atomizer —Harvey Swados
  8. Felt the rain like cold tears on his hot face —James Crumley
  9. The good rain, like a bad preacher, does not know when to leave off —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  10. The gray rain continued to fall, stubbornly and insensibly, like a frozen madness —Amos Oz
  11. Hiss in the gutter [the rain] like a thousand coiled snakes —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  12. It seemed as if the lowering clouds, heavy with water had burst, emptying upon the earth … melting it like sugar —Guy De Maupassant

    See Also: CLOUD(S)

  13. Light rain fell around the big house and its trees like a veil —John McGahern
  14. Light through which the slowing rain ran stitches like a sewing machine gone mad —Leslie A. Fiedler
  15. The rain as thick as oil on the windows —Albert Camus
  16. The rain beat down (on Paris) in endless steady sheets, straight down, like waterfalls —Sylvia Berkman

    A nice example of a simile to introduce a story and set its mood.

  17. Rain … beating down like a stampede of horses —Paige Mitchell
  18. The rain bites like a whip across a prisoner’s back —Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  19. The rain came down like glass bead curtains —Joyce Cary
  20. The rain came like an explosion in a glass factory —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  21. The rain came sifting through the air, and settled like bloom on the fields —Mary Lavin

    Another rain simile to set a fictional scene, this one for Lavin’s story, Brigid.

  22. The rain came slowly and doggedly down, as if it had not even the spirit to pour —Charles Dickens
  23. Rain comes down like the sky falling in skeins and yarny drifts —Marge Piercy
  24. Raindrops … as warm as the tears of a child not yet consoled —Marguerite Yourcenar
  25. Rain drops down like worms from the trees —Anne Sexton
  26. Raindrops hitting like bullets —Joyce Carol Oates
  27. Raindrops, plump as Malaga grapes —Paul Kuttner
  28. Raindrops pock the surface like a plague —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  29. Raindrops sparkled like diamonds falling through sunshine —Rita Mae Brown
  30. Raindrops tapped at our backs like insinuating fingers —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  31. Raindrops that whined like bullets —Kenzaburo Oë
  32. Rained like a cow pissing on a flat rock —American colloquialism
  33. Rain falling just past the end of his nose like a curtain —Thomas McGuane
  34. Rain … fell like a silver veil from the dim grey sky —Mazo De La Roche
  35. Rain … fell like iron swords out of the black sky —Paul Theroux
  36. Rain … flowing in streaked silver patterns down the panes of the window nearby, like tears on the smooth shining face of a child —Bill Pronzini
  37. Rain … flying down like silver needles —Frank Swinnerton
  38. Rain glimmered like silver threads being spun from the mist —Paige Mitchell
  39. Rain … gold as the planet system —Dame Edith Sitwell
  40. Rain hit the roof like pennies from heaven —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  41. Rain keeps falling like a curse —Amos Oz
  42. Rain knocked at the windows like a smirking voyeur —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  43. Rain … like a river falling out of the sky —Donald Seaman
  44. Rain … like a deluge from heaven —W. Somerset Maugham
  45. Rain, like dark-ruled lines on paper —Stephen Longstreet
  46. The rain like pitchforks fell —Delmore Schwartz
  47. Rain plastered the land till it was shining like hammered lead —Ted Hughes
  48. Rain poured down like a waterfall —Jilly Cooper
  49. Rain ran from the roof like a sea —Irving Feldman
  50. Rain … rattling hard first on one side and then on the other like someone nailing down a case —Saul Bellow
  51. Rains drip like the slow beat of time —Dame Edith Sitwell
  52. Rain sheeting down like a giant waterfall —Frank Swinnerton
  53. The rains of summer’s end were very like tears, falling warm and gradually chilling where they fell —Lael Tucker Wertenbaker
  54. Rain, so loud, like horses weeping —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  55. Rainstorms that blacken like a headache —Amy Clampitt
  56. The rain struck you so hard that it was like a warm gag in your mouth —Louis-Ferdinand Celine
  57. The rain stung like whips, and from underfoot the mud oozed up over shoes and ankles like a live thing —Hugh Walpole
  58. Rain … swept the deck in angry gusts, like a nagging woman who cannot leave a subject alone —W. Somerset Maugham
  59. Rain thudded against the car like rotten fruit —Jean Thompson
  60. The rain was blowing down the window glass like silk —Paul Horgan
  61. Showers … drifting like scarves of gauze across the landscape —Jules Romains
  62. A slanted sheet of rain swept like a scythe across Placid Cove Trailer Park —John Lutz

    The scene being set with this simile is for a mystery story entitled Ride the Lightning.

  63. The sound of rain seemed … like the repeated attentions of a lover —John Cheever
  64. A squall of rain driven around us in gusts like a wet veil —Erich Maria Remarque
  65. Through the mist it was as if fine threads of rain were being teased down slowly —John McGahern
  66. Torrents of rain streamed through the darkness, like incessant floods of tears which threatened to devour the earth and drown it in a deluge of unquenchable grief —Vladimir G. Korolenko
  67. The [rain] water was loud as a crowd hissing —Susan Minot
  68. When it rains, there’s a wonderful lush wooden wetness in the air, and you feel as refreshed as if you were the earth itself, drinking in the water —Christopher Isherwood
  69. The wind-blown rain was smeared like jam on the glass [of the window] —Jonathan Valin

rain


Past participle: rained
Gerund: raining

Imperative
rain
rain
Present
it rains
Preterite
it rained
Present Continuous
it is raining
Present Perfect
it has rained
Past Continuous
it was raining
Past Perfect
it had rained
Future
it will rain
Future Perfect
it will have rained
Future Continuous
it will be raining
Present Perfect Continuous
it has been raining
Future Perfect Continuous
it will have been raining
Past Perfect Continuous
it had been raining
Conditional
it would rain
Past Conditional
it would have rained

rain

Precipitation falling from clouds in the form of water drops.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rain - water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphererain - water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphere
monsoon - any wind that changes direction with the seasons
downfall, precipitation - the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)
raindrop - a drop of rain
rainstorm - a storm with rain
drizzle, mizzle - very light rain; stronger than mist but less than a shower
rain shower, shower - a brief period of precipitation; "the game was interrupted by a brief shower"
2.rain - drops of fresh water that fall as precipitation from cloudsrain - drops of fresh water that fall as precipitation from clouds
fresh water, freshwater - water that is not salty
3.rain - anything happening rapidly or in quick successiverain - anything happening rapidly or in quick successive; "a rain of bullets"; "a pelting of insults"
chronological sequence, chronological succession, succession, successiveness, sequence - a following of one thing after another in time; "the doctor saw a sequence of patients"
Verb1.rain - precipitate as rain; "If it rains much more, we can expect some flooding"
come down, precipitate, fall - fall from clouds; "rain, snow and sleet were falling"; "Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum"
drizzle, mizzle - rain lightly; "When it drizzles in summer, hiking can be pleasant"
shower down, shower - rain abundantly; "Meteors showered down over half of Australia"
patter, pitter-patter, spatter, spit, sprinkle - rain gently; "It has only sprinkled, but the roads are slick"
rain buckets, rain cats and dogs, pelt, stream, pour - rain heavily; "Put on your rain coat-- it's pouring outside!"

rain

noun
1. rainfall, fall, showers, deluge, drizzle, downpour, precipitation, raindrops, cloudburst You'll get soaked standing out in the rain.
2. shower, flood, stream, hail, volley, spate, torrent, deluge A rain of stones descended on the police.
verb
1. pour, pelt (down), teem, bucket down (informal), fall, shower, drizzle, rain cats and dogs (informal), come down in buckets (informal) It rained the whole weekend.
2. fall, shower, be dropped, sprinkle, be deposited Rockets, mortars and artillery rained on buildings.
3. bestow, pour, shower, lavish Banks rained money on commercial real estate developers.
Related words
adjectives hyetal, pluvial, pluvious
Quotations
"The rain it raineth every day" [William Shakespeare Twelfth Night]
Proverbs
"It never rains but it pours"

rain

verb
To give in great abundance:
Translations
مَطَروابِلٌ منيـَمْطُرُيُمْطِر، يَنْزِل كالمَطَرتُمْطِر
plourepluja
déšťpršet
regnregne
pluvipluvo
vihm
sadesataapudotella
kišakišitipljuštatidažd
esikesőzáporoz
hujan
rigningdrífaláta rigna yfir e-nregnrigna
雨が降る
비가 내리다
pluvia
lietuslytipasinaudoti pasiūlymu vėliaupasipiltipilti kaip iš kibiro
lietuslītbirtkrusa
regnregneregnvær
ploaie
deždeževati
kišaкиша
regnregna
mvua
ฝนฝนตก
yağmuryağmur gibi yağmakyağmur yağmakyağmuruyağmak
mưa

rain

[reɪn]
A. N (Met) → lluvia f
in the rainbajo la lluvia
a walk in the rainun paseo bajo la lluvia
he left his bike out in the raindejó la bicicleta bajo la lluvia
don't go out in the rainno salgas, que está lloviendo
if the rain keeps offsi no llueve
it looks like rainparece que va a llover
come in out of the rain!¡entra, que te vas a mojar!
the rainsla época de las lluvias
come rain or shine (lit) → llueva o haga sol (fig) → pase lo que pase
see also right A5
B. VI
1. (Met) → llover
it's rainingestá lloviendo
it rains a lot hereaquí llueve mucho
to rain on sb's parade (esp US) → aguar la fiesta a algn
it never rains but it pourslas desgracias nunca vienen solas
it rains on the just as well as on the unjustla lluvia cae sobre los buenos como sobre los malos
2. (fig) ash rained from the skyllovía ceniza
C. VTllover
hereabouts it rains sootpor aquí llueve hollín
to rain blows on sbllover golpes sobre algn
it's raining cats and dogsestá lloviendo a cántaros
D. CPD rain belt Nzona f de lluvias
rain check N (US) (Sport) contraseña para usar otro día en caso de cancelación por lluvia
I'll take a rain check (fig) → de momento, paso
rain cloud Nnube f de lluvia, nubarrón m
rain forest N (also tropical rain forest) → pluviselva f, selva f tropical
rain gauge Npluviómetro m
rain hood Ncapucha f impermeable
rain down VI + ADVllover
blows rained down on himllovieron sobre él los golpes
rain off rain out (US) VT + ADV the match was rained offel partido se canceló por lluvia

rain

[ˈreɪn]
npluie f
in the rain → sous la pluie
to be right as rain (= fully recovered) → se porter comme un charme
You'll be as right as rain soon → Tu te porteras bientôt comme un charme.
rain or shine → qu'il pleuve ou qu'il vente rains
npl
the rains → les pluies fpl
modif [hat] → de pluie rain gauge, rain shower
vipleuvoir
It rains a lot here → Il pleut beaucoup par ici.
It's raining → Il pleut.
it's raining cats and dogs → il pleut des cordes
it never rains but it pours → un malheur n'arrive jamais seul
vt
to rain blows on sb → faire pleuvoir des coups sur qn
rain down
vi [bombs, missiles, stones] → pleuvoir
to rain down on sth → pleuvoir sur qch
rain off
vt sep (British) to be rained off [game, match] → être annulé(e) pour cause de pluie
rain out
vt sep (US) to be rained out [game, match] → être annulé(e) pour cause de pluie

rain

n
Regen m; in the rainim Regen; (come) rain or shine (lit)ob es regnet oder schneit; (fig)was auch geschieht; the rainsdie Regenzeit ? right
(fig: of arrows, bullets, blows) → Hagel m
vi impers (lit, fig)regnen; it is raininges regnet; it never rains but it pours (Brit prov) when it rains, it pours (US prov) → ein Unglück kommt selten allein (prov); to rain on somebody’s parade (US fig) → jdm in die Suppe spucken (inf)
vt to rain blows on somebodyeinen Hagel von Schlägen auf jdn niedergehen lassen
vt impers it’s raining cats and dogs (inf)es gießt wie aus Kübeln, es schüttet nur so (inf)

rain

in cpdsRegen-;
rain belt
nRegenzone f

rain

:
rain check
n (esp US) I’ll take a rain on that (fig inf)das verschiebe ich auf ein andermal
rain cloud
nRegenwolke f
raincoat
nRegenmantel m
rain dance
nRegentanz m
raindrop
nRegentropfen m
rainfall
nNiederschlag m
rain forest
nRegenwald m
rain gauge
nRegenmesser m
rain hood
nRegenhaube f; (of anorak etc)Kapuze f

rain

:
rainless
adjniederschlagsfrei (Met), → ohne Regen, regenfrei
rainout
n (US Sport) → wegen Regens abgesagtes Spiel nt
rainproof
rain-sodden
adj soilaufgeweicht
rainstorm
rainswept
adj attrregengepeitscht; eveningregnerisch
raintight
rainwater
nRegenwasser nt
rainwear

rain

[reɪn]
1. npioggia
in the rain → sotto la pioggia
it looks like rain → per me si mette a piovere
heavy/light rain → piogga forte/leggera
come rain or shine → qualunque tempo faccia, col bello o col cattivo tempo (fig) → qualunque cosa succeda
2. vipiovere
it's raining → piove
it's raining cats and dogs → piove a catinelle
it never rains but it pours (Proverb) → piove sempre sul bagnato
to rain down (on sb) (blows) → piovere (addosso a qn)
rain off, rain out (Am) vt + adv the match has been rained offl'incontro è stata sospeso per la pioggia

rain

(rein) noun
1. water falling from the clouds in liquid drops. We've had a lot of rain today; walking in the rain; We had flooding because of last week's heavy rains.
2. a great number of things falling like rain. a rain of arrows.
verb
1. (only with it as subject) to cause rain to fall. I think it will rain today.
2. to (cause to) fall like rain. Arrows rained down on the soldiers.
ˈrainy adjective
having (many) showers of rain. a rainy day; the rainy season; rainy weather.
ˈraininess noun
ˈrainbow noun
the coloured arch sometimes seen in the sky opposite the sun when rain is falling.
ˈrain check: take a rain check
(American) (to ask) to do something at a later time. Thanks for inviting me to dinner, but can I take a rain check on it?
ˈraincoat noun
a waterproof coat worn to keep out the rain.
ˈraindrop noun
a single drop of rain.
ˈrainfall noun
the amount of rain that falls in a certain place in a certain time. We haven't had much rainfall this year; the annual rainfall.
ˈrain forest noun
a thick tropical forest in a region where it rains a lot.
ˈrain-gauge noun
an instrument for measuring rainfall.
keep/save etc for a rainy day
to keep (especially money) until one needs it or in case one may need it.
rain cats and dogs
to rain very hard.
the rains
(in tropical countries) the rainy season.
(as) right as rain
perfectly all right; completely well.

rain

مَطَر, يـَمْطُرُ déšť, pršet regn, regne Regen, regnen βρέχει, βροχή llover, lluvia sade, sataa pleuvoir, pluie kiša, kišiti pioggia, piovere, 雨が降る, 비가 내리다 regen, regenen regn, regne deszcz, padać chover, chuva дождь, идет дождь regn, regna ฝน, ฝนตก yağmur, yağmur yağmak mưa 下雨,

rain

n. lluvia;
v. llover.
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