Rain meaning

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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.

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To fall in drops of water from the clouds.
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To release rain.
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Water that condenses from water vapor in the atmosphere and falls to Earth as separate drops from clouds. Rain forms primarily in three ways: at weather fronts, when the water vapor in the warmer mass of air cools and condenses; along mountain ranges, when a warm mass of air is forced to rise over a mountain and its water vapor cools and condenses; and by convection in hot climates, when the water vapor in suddenly rising masses of warm air cools and condenses.
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Water falling to earth in drops larger than 0.5 mm (0.02 in) that have been condensed from the moisture in the atmosphere.
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(figuratively) Any matter moving or falling, usually through air, and especially if liquid or otherwise figuratively identifiable with raindrops.
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To fall.

It is raining.

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To fall like rain.

Bullets rained about him.

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To cause rain to fall.
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Condensed water falling from a cloud.

We've been having a lot of rain lately.

The rains came late that year.

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To pour down (rain or something likened to rain)
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To give in large quantities.

To rain praises on someone.

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(figuratively) An instance of particles or larger pieces of matter moving or falling through air.

A rain of mortar fire fell on our trenches.

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(impersonal) To have rain fall from the sky.

It will rain today.

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To fall as or like rain.

Tears rained from her eyes.

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(intransitive) To fall in large quantities.

Bombs rained from the sky.

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To issue (something) in large quantities.

The boxer rained punches on his opponent's head.

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A heavy or abundant fall.

A rain of fluffy cottonwood seeds; a rain of insults.

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To fall like rain.

Praise rained down on the composer.

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To send or pour down.
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To give abundantly; shower.

Rain gifts; rain curses upon their heads.

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The falling of such drops; shower or rainstorm.
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A rapid falling or propulsion of many small particles or objects.

A rain of ashes.

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(informal) rain cats and dogs
  • To rain very heavily.
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rain cats and dogs
  • to rain heavily
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rain out
  • to cause (an event) to be postponed or canceled because of rain
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Origin of rain

  • Middle English from Old English regn, rēn

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English reyn, rein, from Old English reÄ¡n, 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")).

    From Wiktionary