rain

rain [rān]
n.
[ME rein < OE regn, akin to Ger regen < IE base * re-, var. of * reĝ-, moist, wet > L rigare, to wet, moisten: see IRRIGATE]
1. water falling to earth in drops larger than 0.5 mm (0.02 in) that have been condensed from the moisture in the atmosphere
2. the falling of such drops; shower or rainstorm
3.
a) rainy weather
b) [pl.] seasonal rainfalls; the rainy season: preceded by the
4. a rapid falling or propulsion of many small particles or objects [a rain of ashes]
vi.
1. to fall: said of rain, and usually in an impersonal construction [it is raining]
2. to fall like rain [bullets rained about him]
3. to cause rain to fall: said of the heavens, clouds, etc.
vt.
1. to pour down (rain or something likened to rain)
2. to give in large quantities [to rain praises on someone]
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rain cats and dogs
Informal to rain heavily
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☆ rain out
to cause (an event) to be postponed or canceled because of rain
rainless
adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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