- Rain is condensed moisture from the atmosphere that drops on the Earth as water.
An example of rain is drops of water that fall from the sky.
Rain falling on a roof.
- water falling to earth in drops larger than 0.5 mm (0.02 in) that have been condensed from the moisture in the atmosphere
- the falling of such drops; shower or rainstorm
- rainy weather
- seasonal rainfalls; the rainy season: preceded by the
- a rapid falling or propulsion of many small particles or objects: a rain of ashes
Origin of rainMiddle English rein ; from Old English regn, akin to German regen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form re-, variant, variety of an unverified form reĝ-, moist, wet from source Classical Latin rigare, to wet, moisten: see irrigate
- to fall: said of rain, and usually in an impersonal construction: it is raining
- to fall like rain: bullets rained about him
- to cause rain to fall: said of the heavens, clouds, etc.
- to pour down (rain or something likened to rain)
- to give in large quantities: to rain praises on someone
rain cats and dogs
- 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.
- A heavy or abundant fall: a rain of fluffy cottonwood seeds; a rain of insults.
verbrained, rain·ing, rains
- To fall in drops of water from the clouds.
- To fall like rain: Praise rained down on the composer.
- To release rain.
- To send or pour down.
- To give abundantly; shower: rain gifts; rain curses upon their heads.
Origin of rainMiddle English, from Old English regn, rēn.
(usually uncountable, plural rains)
- Condensed water falling from a cloud.
- We've been having a lot of rain lately.
- The rains came late that year.
- (figuratively) Any matter moving or falling, usually through air, and especially if liquid or otherwise figuratively identifiable with raindrops.
- (figuratively) An instance of particles or larger pieces of matter moving or falling through air.
- A rain of mortar fire fell on our trenches.
(third-person singular simple present rains, present participle raining, simple past and past participle rained)
- (impersonal) To have rain fall from the sky.
- It will rain today.
- To fall as or like rain.
- Tears rained from her eyes.
- (intransitive) To fall in large quantities.
- Bombs rained from the sky.
- To issue (something) in large quantities.
- The boxer rained punches on his opponent's head.
Middle English reyn, rein, from Old English reġn, from Proto-Germanic *regnaz (compare West Frisian rein, Dutch regen, German Regen, Danish regn), from pre-Germanic *Hréǵ-no-, from Proto-Indo-European *Hreǵ 'to flow' (compare Latin rigō (“wet, soak”), Lithuanian rõki (“drizzling rain”), Albanian rrjedh (“to flow, drip”)).