Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Among superstitious races, as those of Africa, a sorcerer who pretends to have the power of producing a fall of rain by incantation or supernatural means. Also called rain-doctor.
  • noun One who pretends to be able to cause rain by some physical process. The ringing of bells, the explosion of gunpowder or dynamite (Dyrenforth's method), the mixing of chemicals producing various vapors (Melbourne's method), the burning of piles of brushwood (Espy's method), are among the methods that have been tried.

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Examples

  • Yet by that time, I would prefer to think of this system as a rain-maker from the Caribbean, rather than attach any meaningful tropical aspects to it.

    Tropical storm Nicole not so tropical

  • He wrote, If the primitive witch-smeller is the spiritual progenitor of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the primitive rain-maker is equally the spiritual progenitor of the Cavendish Professor of Physics.

    Rabbi Alan Lurie: In Defense Of Religious Moderates

  • He wrote, If the primitive witch-smeller is the spiritual progenitor of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the primitive rain-maker is equally the spiritual progenitor of the Cavendish Professor of Physics.

    Rabbi Alan Lurie: In Defense Of Religious Moderates

  • And this system is eventually going to make its way to the mid Atlantic and northeast and be a major wind and rain-maker come Wednesday and into Thursday.

    CNN Transcript Nov 8, 2009

  • And speaking of being a rain-maker, take a look at this radar imagery that we have for you.

    CNN Transcript Aug 19, 2008

  • The storm expected then to move onshore, central Louisiana and then into northern Louisiana and extreme eastern Texas into Wednesday and Thursday, a huge rain-maker.

    CNN Transcript Aug 31, 2008

  • But a rain-maker and a potential flood-maker here for Puerto Rico as it runs on up toward the north.

    CNN Transcript Oct 13, 2008

  • At this point though, the story is going from being a big rain - maker and -- rather a big wave maker and a big wind maker to a big rain-maker.

    CNN Transcript Aug 5, 2008

  • Then, just as a depression moving across part of the I-10 corridor and could be a rain-maker as we get into Saturday and Sunday.

    CNN Transcript Aug 19, 2008

  • Note 53: A people known as the VaKwena are believed to have migrated from the area of present-day Botswana into the northern Transvaal between the mid-seventeenth and early eighteenth century, and to have become incorporated into the Lovedu, whose powerful queen Mujaji (c. 1850-94) was considered southern Africa's greatest rain-maker.

    Where Women Make History: Gendered Tellings of Community and Change in Magude, Mozambique

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