Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sudden heavy rainstorm; a downpour.

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  • n. A sudden heavy rainstorm.

Etymologies

cloud +‎ burst (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Isn't that pretty nearly what people call a cloudburst, uncle Phaeton?" asked Bruno, curiously watching that receding mass of what from their present standpoint looked like vapour.

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  • The cloudburst is a localised weather phenomena representing highly concentrated rainfall over

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  • Some shops opened for the first time since the "cloudburst" struck in the middle of the night.

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  • On board the Arangi, relieved by the lowering of her mainsail, as the fierceness went out of the wind and the cloudburst of tropic rain began to fall, Van Horn and Borckman lurched toward each other in the blackness.

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  • News of the Tendulkar shaped void at the heart of the evening spread like a sudden autumn cloudburst, much to the disappointment of the platoons of Indian television crews, who had spent the early evening rattling about the carpeted halls in a state of unfulfilled pre-Sachin anxiety.

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  • New York can expect a cloudburst of wedding confetti come July 24, Sears says.

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  • An ecstatic Rover does a cute solo to the tune of “Singing in the Rain” when a cloudburst brings a storm of rocks.

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  • Channi Anand/Associated Press A car lies covered with rubble from a landslide after a cloudburst in Doda district, about 140 kilometers 88 miles from Jammu, India on Thursday.

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  • And wouldn't it a-ben a hundred thousand if that cloudburst hadn't busted my wing-dam?

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  • Flooding that has unfolded since late November across the waterlogged state of Queensland turned suddenly violent Monday, with a cloudburst sending a raging torrent down the Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane.

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