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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 ?
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.
With the first heavy rainfall,' I've told 'em, 'your road will be a swamp.
Hope you ain't sopped up much of the rainfall, Miss," he said.
Muscat: Parts of Oman received heavy rainfall on Friday and the early hours of Saturday, the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) announced.
Head of meteorological department Peter Ambenje said the traditional rainfall start dates have changed.
Despite the fact that at the end of the season whatever amounts you have might not be sufficient, one small rainfall eventin one daywill give rise to floods in those areas in Kenya," he said.
ISLAMABAD -- Although scattered rainfall is expected in parts of Rawalpindi and Islamabad today (Wednesday), the overall rainfall in the area as well as in the country has been around 80pc below normal this winter.
Government has undertaken many research studies to analyze the impact of global warming and climate change on rainfall pattern in India.
In June-July 2016, a barrage of extreme rainfall hit the middle and lower reaches of Yangtze River in eastern China, which caused severe urban inundations in large cities such as Wuhan and Nanjing, and resulted in direct economic loss of 70 billion RMB (about $10 billion U.
Summary: Chennai [India], December 15 (ANI): Parts of south Tamil Nadu are likely to get light to moderate rainfall in the next two to three days.
MIRPUR -- Various parts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir including Mirpur Tuesday received the much awaited first rainfall of winter season in the plains besides the snowfall on some of the highest upper reaches of the State.
Even though the La Nina effect appears to have been neutralised, delayed rainfall in the region has led to smog conditions across Pakistan, including in the Potohar region, where shallow fog coupled with dust particles has cast a grey haze even during the daytime.