from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An instrument for collecting and measuring the amount of rainfall at a given place.
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Cosmo Versál brought a rain-gage and again and again allowed it to fill itself.
He was certain that it could not be less than he had estimated -- the indications of his rain-gage had been too unvarying to admit of doubt on that point -- but he had no means of direct measurement since he could not sound the tremendous depths beneath the