Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any cloud from which rain falls: in meteorology called nimbus. Two general classes may be distinguished
“It's an early summer day in Seattle, broad white of overcast but not rain-cloud, and one can see the ocean from the gallery building in which we stand observing Vrimjoet's gruesome handiwork in the trendy and cobblestoned part of downtown.”
“Why drag a somber rain-cloud across a bright blue sky?”
“This leads to the cenote, or well, into which human sacrifices and jade and gold ornaments were thrown to appease the rain-cloud god, Chac.”
“But when Bert went down to the gallery the world was empty and still, a clear inky-blue sky above and a rippled veil of still, thin sunlit cirrus below, through which one saw a racing drift of rain-cloud, and never a glimpse of sea.”
“For a moment her gaze intersected mine, like those travelling skies on stormy days which hurry after a rain-cloud that moves less rapidly than they, overtake, touch, cover, pass it and are gone; but they do not know one another, and are soon driven far apart.”
“The enchanted ceiling above them echoed Harry's mood; it was a miserable rain-cloud grey.”
“The wind, rushing ahead of the rain-cloud, caught up the dust in the streets and advanced across the town.”
“A rain-cloud comes down mingled with hail; the Tyrian train and the men of”
“On them, while the beaters run up and down, and the lawns are girt with toils, will I pour down a blackening rain-cloud mingled with hail, and startle all the sky in thunder.”
“We would gladly have staid to give thanks for our safe and prosperous voyage, but a black rain-cloud warns us homeward, -- not, however, until we have received a kind invitation from one of the hospitable islanders to return the next morning for a drive and breakfast.”
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