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rain·bow

 (rān′bō′)
n.
1.
a. An arc of spectral colors, usually identified as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, that appears in the sky opposite the sun as a result of the refractive dispersion of sunlight in drops of rain or mist.
b. A similar arc or band, as one produced by a prism or by iridescence.
c. A graded display of colors.
2. An illusory hope: chasing the rainbow of overnight success.
3. A diverse assortment or collection.

[Middle English, from Old English rēnboga : rēn, rain + boga, bow; see bow3.]

rainbow

(ˈreɪnˌbəʊ)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a bow-shaped display in the sky of the colours of the spectrum, caused by the refraction and reflection of the sun's rays through rain or mist
2.
a. any similar display of bright colours
b. (as modifier): a rainbow pattern.
3. an illusory hope: to chase rainbows.
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (modifier) of or relating to a political grouping together by several minorities, esp of different races: the rainbow coalition.

Rainbow

(ˈreɪnˌbəʊ)
n
a member of the Rainbow Guides, the youngest group of girls (aged 5-7 years) in The Guide Association

rain•bow

(ˈreɪnˌboʊ)

n.
1. a bow or arc of prismatic colors in the heavens opposite the sun; caused by the refraction and reflection of the sun's rays in drops of rain.
2. a similar bow of colors, esp. one in the spray of a waterfall or fountain.
3. any brightly multicolored arrangement or display.
4. a wide variety or range; gamut.
5. a visionary goal.
adj.
6. of many colors; multicolored.
7. made up of diverse races, groups, etc.: a rainbow coalition.
[before 1000]

rain·bow

(rān′bō′)
An arc-shaped spectrum of color seen in the sky opposite the sun, especially after rain, caused by the refraction and reflection of sunlight by droplets of water suspended in the air.

rainbow

- Comes from Old Norse regnbogi (becoming Old English renboga, ren, "rain," and boga, "bend, bow") and is a bow or arch of the colors of the prism that is formed in the sky opposite to the sun by the reflection, double refraction, and dispersion of the sun's rays in falling drops of rain.
See also related terms for reflection.

Rainbow

 a rainbow as a symbol of a past storm.
Examples: rainbow of hope, 1876; of the storms of life, 1813.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rainbow - an arc of colored light in the sky caused by refraction of the sun's rays by rainrainbow - an arc of colored light in the sky caused by refraction of the sun's rays by rain
sky - the atmosphere and outer space as viewed from the earth
arc, bow - something curved in shape
2.rainbow - an illusory hope; "chasing rainbows"
promise, hope - grounds for feeling hopeful about the future; "there is little or no promise that he will recover"

rainbow

noun
Related words
adjective iridal

rainbow

noun
A fantastic, impracticable plan or desire:
Translations
дъга
duha
regnbue
ĉielarko
رنگین کمان
sateenkaarispektrikirjavakirjomonivärinen
duga
szivárvány
bianglalapelangi
regnbogifriðarbogi
무지개
arcus
vaivorykštė
curcubeu
dúha
mavrica
regnbåge
รุ้งกินน้ำ
cầu vồng

rainbow

[ˈreɪnbəʊ]
A. Narco m iris
B. CPD the rainbow coalition Nla coalición multicolor
rainbow trout Ntrucha f arco iris

rainbow

[ˈreɪnbəʊ]
narc-en-ciel m
the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow → une chimère
modif [colours] → de l'arc-en-ciel; [flag] → arc-en-ciel

rainbow

nRegenbogen m; a dress (in) all the colours of the rainbowein Kleid in allen Regenbogenfarben; a pot of gold at the end of the rainbowein Wunschtraum m

rainbow

:
rainbow coalition
nRegenbogenkoalition f
rainbow family
nRegenbogenfamilie f
rainbow flag
nRegenbogenflagge for -fahne f
rainbow trout
nRegenbogenforelle f

rainbow

[ˈreɪnˌbəʊ] narcobaleno

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.

rainbow

قَوْس قُزَح duha regnbue Regenbogen ουράνιο τόξο arco iris, arcoíris sateenkaari arc-en-ciel duga arcobaleno 무지개 regenboog regnbue tęcza arco-íris радуга regnbåge รุ้งกินน้ำ gökkuşağı cầu vồng 彩虹
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Out in the garden stood a stately snow maiden, crowned with holly, bearing a basket of fruit and flowers in one hand, a great roll of music in the other, a perfect rainbow of an Afghan round her chilly shoulders, and a Christmas carol issuing from her lips on a pink paper streamer.
She often broke into a little, nervous, hysteric laugh, more touching than any tears could be; and forthwith, as if to try which was the most touching, a gush of tears would follow; or perhaps the laughter and tears came both at once, and surrounded our poor Hepzibah, in a moral sense, with a kind of pale, dim rainbow.
If, then, to meanest mariners, and renegades and castaways, I shall hereafter ascribe high qualities, though dark; weave round them tragic graces; if even the most mournful, perchance the most abased, among them all, shall at times lift himself to the exalted mounts; if I shall touch that workman's arm with some ethereal light; if I shall spread a rainbow over his disastrous set of sun; then against all mortal critics bear me out in it, thou just spirit of equality, which hast spread one royal mantle of humanity over all my kind
And how nobly it raises our conceit of the mighty, misty monster, to behold him solemnly sailing through a calm tropical sea; his vast, mild head overhung by a canopy of vapor, engendered by his incommunicable contemplations, and that vapor --as you will sometimes see it --glorified by a rainbow, as if Heaven itself had put its seal upon his thoughts.
He gazed on her as the Italian sailor gazes on his image of the child Jesus,--with a mixture of reverence and tenderness; and to humor her graceful fancies, and meet those thousand simple wants which invest childhood like a many-colored rainbow, was Tom's chief delight.
She trilled along, and trilled along, and presently a handsome young page, clothed like the rainbow, and as easy and undulatory of movement as a wave, came with something on a golden salver, and, kneeling to present it to her, overdid his graces and lost his balance, and so fell lightly against her knee.
While we were looking at it, GLU"CKLICHEWEISE a gleam of sunshine came out, and instantly a beautiful rainbow was formed by the spray, and hung in mid-air suspended over the awful gorge.
When the place couldn't hold no more, the duke he quit tending door and went around the back way and come on to the stage and stood up before the curtain and made a little speech, and praised up this tragedy, and said it was the most thrillingest one that ever was; and so he went on a- bragging about the tragedy, and about Edmund Kean the Elder, which was to play the main principal part in it; and at last when he'd got everybody's expecta- tions up high enough, he rolled up the curtain, and the next minute the king come a-prancing out on all fours, naked; and he was painted all over, ring- streaked-and-striped, all sorts of colors, as splendid as a rainbow.
Well, they had shining faces, and shining robes, and wonderful rainbow wings, and they stood eighteen feet high, and wore swords, and held their heads up in a noble way, and looked like soldiers.
The rain ceased, a sudden rosy light filled the room, and through the window a rainbow arch could be seen spanning the heavens like a radiant bridge.
Her black satin dress, her scarf of rich foreign lace, and her pearl ornaments, pleased me better than the rainbow radiance of the titled dame.
You'd hear of odd things if I lived alone with that mawkish, waxen face: the most ordinary would be painting on its white the colours of the rainbow, and turning the blue eyes black, every day or two: they detestably resemble Linton's.