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A sudden heavy rainstorm; a downpour.
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(Physical Geography) a heavy downpour
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a sudden rainfall.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cloudburst - a heavy raincloudburst - a heavy rain        
rain, rainfall - water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphere
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شُؤبوب، وابِلٌ من المَطَر
průtrž mračen
aguacerogota fría
skÿfall, dembiskúr
prietrž mračien
şiddetli sağanak


[ˈklaʊdbɜːst] Nchaparrón m
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[ˈklaʊdbɜːrst] nviolente averse fcloud cover ncouverture f nuageusecloud-cuckoo-land [ˌklaʊdˈkʊkuːlænd] n (British) to live in cloud-cuckoo-land → planer complètement
She lives in cloud-cuckoo-land → Elle plane complètement.
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[ˈklaʊdˌbɜːst] nacquazzone m
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


1. a mass of tiny drops of water floating in the sky. white clouds in a blue sky; The hills were hidden in cloud.
2. a great number or quantity of anything small moving together. a cloud of flies.
3. something causing fear, depression etc. a cloud of sadness.
1. (often with over) to become cloudy. The sky clouded over and it began to rain.
2. to (cause to) become blurred or not clear. Her eyes were clouded with tears.
3. to (cause to) become gloomy or troubled. His face clouded at the unhappy news.
ˈcloudless adjective
free from clouds. a cloudless sky.
ˈcloudy adjective
1. full of, having, or covered with clouds. It is a bit cloudy today.
2. not clear. a cloudy photograph/memory.
ˈcloudburst noun
a sudden heavy shower of rain.
under a cloud
in trouble or disgrace.
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References in classic literature ?
On board the Arangi, relieved by the lowering of her mainsail, as the fierceness went out of the wind and the cloudburst of tropic rain began to fall, Van Horn and Borckman lurched toward each other in the blackness.
And wouldn't it a-ben a hundred thousand if that cloudburst hadn't busted my wing-dam?
The whole atmosphere was dizzy and dangerous, as if men were upheld in air amid the gyrating wings of colossal genii; and the whole of that old church, as tall and rich as a cathedral, seemed to sit upon the sunlit country like a cloudburst.
and in her unresting activities, and her fearless ways, and her sunbursts and cloudbursts, she is always bringing George back to me.
Cullinan, while waiting for the ground to firm up for stable star Smokin Beau, was all smiles when the cloudburst broke over the track before the race as Adweb thrives on soft ground - she beat sprint star Kyllachy in a nursery two years ago.
The show featured an open-air fashion show by Italian designer Roberto Cavalli, which proceeded despite a poorly timed cloudburst.
A heavy cloudburst at the Norfolk Arena saw the fixture called off just after 6.00pm with Bees ready to go into the meeting without skipper Billy Hamill, who was stranded in Sweden after having his passport stolen.
At least 15 people have lost their lives while 20 are still missing following the cloudburst and floods in the region.
Earlier 17 people had lost their lives after cloudburst hit six villages in Pauri on Friday.
YENA[degrees] DELHA[degrees] (CA[degrees]HAN)- Death toll due to cloudburst in Ukhimath area of Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag district rose to 33 on Saturday.
SHAME on the air-headed young blonde woman who drove through Pennine Garden Centre car park at high speed - during what seemed like a cloudburst - and completely drenched seven or eight people, including two toddlers and a young mother pushing a baby carriage.