Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A violent downpour of rain in large quantity and over a very limited area.
- n. alternative spelling of cloudburst.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A sudden copious rainfall, as if the whole cloud had been precipitated at once.
- n. a heavy rain
“I had no brothers nor sisters, and all Dad's people were drowned in a Kansas cloud-burst.”
“Up to 50mm was measured in a 20-minute cloud-burst on the Springbok flats on Monday.”
“The sudden flood was due to a cloud-burst, which is a great fall of rain coming down without warning over a very small area of land, the contents of the whole cloud being discharged at once.”
“Despite the chief's confidence, however, when about 5 o'clock in the morning there came reports of a second cloud-burst up the river, he requested Alex to call up Jack, at the yard tower which overlooked the bridge, and ask him to keep them posted.”
“The few wadys, or "dry washes," are destitute of water except when a cloud-burst may fill them; but this happens at intervals of years only.”
“But the illusion is lessened by the surroundings, for we are approaching a dry sink -- an old lake-bed that was filled with brackish water once when a cloud-burst that occurred in Calico Mountains had its busy day.”
“A cloud-burst may change the whole face of the mountain.”
“Such a flood, caused by a cloud-burst, may have buried the alleged Gunsight”
“No one can have the faintest conception of how terrible a cloud-burst is until they have been in one.”
“But a snowstorm in August looked very tame after the awful cloud-burst that came upon us without warning a few days before, and seemed determined to wash the whole town down to the Missouri River.”
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