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1. A shower or fall of rain.
2. The quantity of water, expressed in inches, precipitated as rain, snow, hail, or sleet in a specified area and time interval.


1. (Physical Geography) precipitation in the form of raindrops
2. (Physical Geography) meteorol the amount of precipitation in a specified place and time



1. a fall of rain.
2. the amount of water falling in rain, snow, etc., within a given time and area, usu. given as a hypothetical depth of coverage: a rainfall of 70 inches a year.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rainfall - water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphererainfall - 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"
množství srážek
množstvo zrážok
yağış miktarı


[ˈreɪnfɔːl] Nprecipitación f; (= quantity) → lluvia f, cantidad f de lluvia
the region has three inches of rainfall a yearla región recibe tres pulgadas de lluvia al año


[ˈreɪnfɔːl] n
(= amount of rain) → précipitations fpl
average rainfall → précipitations moyennes
below average rainfall → des précipitations inférieures à la moyenne
(= shower) → chute f de pluie
heavy rainfall → fortes pluies


[ˈreɪnˌfɔːl] n (amount) → piovosità, precipitazioni fpl


(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.
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.
References in classic literature ?
Hope you ain't sopped up much of the rainfall, Miss," he said.
With the first heavy rainfall,' I've told 'em, 'your road will be a swamp.
In this protected spot where there were no frosts and evidently but little rainfall, the bones might have lain for ages without disintegrating, for there were here no other forces to scatter or disturb them.
Parts of Ilam province received more than a foot of rainfall over three days last week, producing flash floods that sent cars careening down city streets and left thousands of homes ankle-deep in mud once the water receded.
BRADLEY Bar got a soaking yesterday with almost half a month's rainfall in an intense 15-20 minute period.
After a late start and slow progress of the south-west monsoon this year, it has now been reported that rainfall so far has been 29 per cent short.
Deficient rainfall The latest prediction is in sharp contrast to the first forecast released in April when a ' below normal' rainfall was expected during monsoon.
The findings may help to indicate the shifts in seasonal rainfall in Central America, which is critical for agriculture in the region.
The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) and Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellites, both co-managed by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, captured rainfall and cloud data that revealed heavy rainfall and high thunderstorms in the strengthening storm.
March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study based in part on NASA satellite data has shown that an increase in large, well-organized thunderstorms is behind increased rainfall in the wettest regions of the tropics.
Rainfall is a main driver of soil erosion by water.
ISLAMABAD -- Computer programmes are far better at accurately predicting rainfall than the governmentbased seasonal forecasting programmes, Australian scientists said.