from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Water condensed from atmospheric vapor and falling in drops.
- n. A fall of such water; a rainstorm.
- n. The descent of such water.
- n. Rainy weather.
- n. A rainy season.
- n. A heavy or abundant fall: a rain of fluffy cottonwood seeds; a rain of insults.
- intransitive v. To fall in drops of water from the clouds.
- intransitive v. To fall like rain: Praise rained down on the composer.
- intransitive v. To release rain.
- transitive v. To send or pour down.
- transitive v. To give abundantly; shower: rain gifts; rain curses upon their heads.
- rain out To force the cancellation or postponement of (an outdoor event) because of rain. Used in passive constructions: The ball game was rained out.
- idiom rain cats and dogs Informal To rain very heavily.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Condensed water falling from a cloud.
- n. Any matter moving or falling, usually through air, and especially if liquid or otherwise figuratively identifiable with raindrops.
- n. An instance of particles or larger pieces of matter moving or falling through air.
- v. To have rain fall from the sky.
- v. To fall in large quantities.
- v. To issue (something) in large quantities.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Water falling in drops from the clouds; the descent of water from the clouds in drops.
- intransitive v. To fall in drops from the clouds, as water; -- used mostly with it for a nominative.
- intransitive v. To fall or drop like water from the clouds.
- transitive v. To pour or shower down from above, like rain from the clouds.
- transitive v. To bestow in a profuse or abundant manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The descent of water in drops through the atmosphere, or the water thus falling.
- n. Figuratively— A fall of any substance through the atmosphere in the manner of rain, as of blossoms or of the pyrotechnic stars from rockets and other fireworks.
- n. A shower, downpour, or abundant outpouring of anything.
- n. Synonyms Rain, Haze, Fog, Mist, Cloud. A cloud resting upon the earth is called mist or fog. In mist the globules are very fine, but are separately distinguishable, and have a visible motion. In fog the particles are separately indistinguishable, and there is no perceptible motion. A dry fog is composed largely of dust-particles on which the condensed vapor is too slight to occasion any sense of moisture. Haze differs from fog and cloud in the greater microscopic minuteness of its particles. It is visible only as a want of transparency of the atmosphere, and in general exhibits neither form, boundary, nor locus. Thus, among haze, fog, mist, and rain, the size of the constituent particles or globules is a discriminating characteristic, though frequently cloud merges into fog or mist, and mist into rain, by insensible gradations.
- To fall in drops through the air, as water: generally used impersonally.
- To fall or drop like rain; as, tears rained from their eyes.
- To pour or shower down, like rain from the clouds; pour or send down abundantly.
- n. A ridge.
- n. A furrow.
- n. An obsolete spelling of rein.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphere
- n. anything happening rapidly or in quick successive
- n. drops of fresh water that fall as precipitation from clouds
- v. precipitate as rain
Middle English, from Old English regn, rēn.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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' (cf. Latin rigō ("wet, soak"), Lithuanian rõki 'drizzling rain', Albanian rrjedh 'to flow, drip'). (Wiktionary)