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

  • n. A heavy fall of rain.

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  • n. a heavy rain
  • v. To pour down; rain heavily.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pouring or streaming downwards; esp., a heavy or continuous shower.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pouring down; especially, a heavy or continuous shower.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a heavy rain


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down- +‎ pour


  • The trails were deep in mud, the long grass soaking, leaves overhead sending down random showers even in those moments when there was no actual downpour from the sky and the clouds looked like clearing.

    Excerpt: Runaway by Alice Munro

  • I am irritated by the namby-pamby little fall of rain, the light drizzle that occasionally threatens to be a downpour, which is neither here nor there.

    Archive 2004-06-01

  • The downpour was the town's heaviest in 20 years with more than

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • But pushing the contraption all that way in another downpour was a disheartening prospect to say the least.


  • Prowling under the downpour was a muddy business and less than enjoyable.

    Conan the Fearless

  • Her only protection against the downpour was the plastic rain cap she carried in her purse.

    The Hostage Bride

  • In the resettlement areas that dotted the mountainsides the downpour was a disaster.

    Noble House

  • He knows the name and the breeding back to the flood of every one of the hundred and twenty plus horses in his yard, and he can recognise them walking away from him in a downpour, which is practically impossible, but as for the forty lads he's got there working for him, he calls them all Tommy, because he doesn't know tother from which. '

    Whip Hand

  • It is all right that the planes cannot fly because of a little rainfall, but that we cannot have our rally because of a downpour, that is not acceptable.


  • The downpour was a sharp one that pattered on the roof, ran streaming from the eaves, and blotted out the hills opposite.

    The Windy Hill


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