Rainwater meaning

rānwôtər, -wŏtər
Water that is falling or has fallen as rain, and is soft, containing relatively little soluble mineral matter.
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Water (for a house etc) sourced from rain which has not joined a spring, stream or river, pond, lake or sea.
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Water that has fallen as rain and contains little dissolved mineral matter.
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Origin of rainwater

  • From Middle English reinwater, from Old English reÄ¡nwæter (“rainwater"), equivalent to rain +"Ž water. Cognate with Dutch regenwater (“rainwater"), German Regenwasser (“rainwater"), Swedish regnvatten (“rainwater").

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