Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A heavy fall of rain.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a heavy rain
  • verb intransitive To pour down; rain heavily.

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

  • noun a heavy rain

Etymologies

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down- +‎ pour

Examples

  • 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

  • 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.

    come, storm

  • 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.

    MEMORY’S EMBRACE

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

    MEMORY’S EMBRACE

  • 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

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

    The Hostage Bride

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

    The Hostage Bride

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