American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A brief fall of precipitation, such as rain, hail, or sleet.
- n. A fall of a group of objects, especially from the sky: a meteor shower; a shower of leaves.
- n. An abundant flow; an outpouring: a shower of praise.
- n. A party held to honor and present gifts to someone: a bridal shower.
- n. A bath in which the water is sprayed on the bather in fine streams from a showerhead, usually secured overhead: take a shower.
- n. The stall or tub in which such a bath is taken.
- v. To pour down in a shower: showered confetti on the parade.
- v. To cover with or as if with a shower. See Synonyms at barrage2.
- v. To bestow abundantly or liberally.
- v. To fall or pour down in or as if in a shower.
- v. To wash oneself in a shower.
- n. One that shows: a shower of thoroughbred horses; a shower of great affection.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A light, or moderately heavy, fall of rain, hail, or sleet; used absolutely, a fall of rain.
- n. Figuratively, a full of any liquid in drops, or of solid objects in large number.
- n. A copious supply bestowed; liberal distribution.
- n. In pyrotechny, a device in which small stars of a slow-burning composition fall from rockets or shells, presenting the appearance of a shower of fire.
- n. An attack; an assault; a conflict; a battle.
- To water with or as with a shower; wet copiously with rain.
- Hence, to wet copiously with water or other liquid in the form of spray or in drops: as, to shower plants from a watering-pot; to shower one's head in bathing; to shower a convict as a punishment.
- To discharge in a shower; pour down copiously and rapidly; bestow liberally; distribute or scatter in abundance.
- To rain in showers; fall as a shower: as, tears showered down his cheeks.
- n. One who or that which shows or exhibits. In Scots law, showers in jury causes are two persons named by the court, usually on the suggestion of the parties, to accompany the jurors when a view of the property which the cause relates to is allowed. See
- n. A looking-glass; a mirror.
- n. A brief fall of precipitation.
- n. A device for bathing by which water is made to fall on the body from a height, either from a tank or by the action of a pump.
- n. An instance of using of this device in order to bathe oneself.
- n. A quantity of something that has characteristics of a rain shower.
- n. A party associated with a significant event in a person's life, at which the person usually receives gifts.
- n. obsolete A battle, an attack; conflict.
- n. UK, Australia, pejorative A shower of shit.
- n. euphemistic, pejorative Used as an intensifying pluralizer or intensifier
- v. followed by with To spray with (a specified liquid).
- v. To bathe using a shower.
- v. to bestow liberally, to give or distribute in abundance
- n. One who shows.
- n. slang A man whose penis appears full size both when flaccid and when erect.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who shows or exhibits.
- n. obsolete That which shows; a mirror.
- n. A fall or rain or hail of short duration; sometimes, but rarely, a like fall of snow.
- n. That which resembles a shower in falling or passing through the air copiously and rapidly.
- n. rare A copious supply bestowed.
- v. To water with a shower; to ��t copiously with rain.
- v. To bestow liberally; to destribute or scatter in �undance; to rain.
- v. To rain in showers; to fall, as in a hower or showers.
- n. a brief period of precipitation
- v. rain abundantly
- v. expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns
- v. provide abundantly with
- v. spray or sprinkle with
- v. take a shower; wash one's body in the shower
- n. someone who organizes an exhibit for others to see
- n. a party of friends assembled to present gifts (usually of a specified kind) to a person
- n. washing yourself by standing upright under water sprayed from a nozzle
- n. a sudden downpour (as of tears or sparks etc) likened to a rain shower
- n. a plumbing fixture that sprays water over you
- Middle English shour, from Old English scūr (Wiktionary)
- Middle English shour, from Old English scūr. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Predicting the outcome of a triathlon race, because results can turn on factors as unforeseeable as a flat tire or a sudden rain shower, is a fool's undertaking.”
“Seeing a naked person clearly standing there while you are in the shower is my new definition of creepy.”
“Arguably, the shower is an important workspace, as I do a lot of plotting and pondering in there.”
“(I assume that repairing a shower is a special favor for him).”
“The problem with our shower is a minor one but can get my goat.”
“The problem is the cold shower from the nozzle of a hose after.”
“No one should have to tolerate such an awkward environment as currently exists in which the person standing next to you in the shower is potentially sexually attracted to you.”
“With a unique bathtub shape and a classic rain shower, the ice was broken and the rest of the items just come to complete the overall pleasant image of this interior.”
“At some point, an artificial rain shower began fall from the ceiling (to match the tropical Tiki theme, I suppose), and Christa got a photo of me hiding beneath a paper umbrella:”
“What they call a storm here is just a rain shower with some thunder back home.”
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