rain out

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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
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.
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.
rain cats and dogs Informal
To rain very heavily.

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

rain′less adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.rain out - prevent or interrupt due to rain; "The storm had washed out the game"
prevent, keep - stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state; "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"; "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles"
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With the new synthetic infields and irrigation improvements it will extend the seasons for baseball/softball with less rain outs. There has been talk of using the fields for lacrosse teams, which will be another sport to draw people to Mason County.
With rain outs on Thursday and Friday, the Lady Skins finally hit the field again on Saturday with a busy day of tournament play in the Spring Slam at the UIS Sports Complex in Springfield.
No team was able to complete all its games due to 44 rain outs in the league this season.