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- n. Obsolete form of rain.
- n. Obsolete form of rein.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Rain or rein.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Middle English form of rain.
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Al night, 'quod he, ` hath reyn so do me wake, 1560
Compare Chaucer's use of it: 'Men seyn that thre thynges dryven a man out of his hous, -- that is to seyn, smoke, droppyng of reyn and wikked wyves.'
Wel wiste he, by the droghte, and by the reyn, 595
"I jist fin 'mysel' like a horse wi 'a reyn brocken, gaein' by mysel 'throu' the air this gait."
This same yere  fro the begynnyng of April into Halwemasse was so gret abundance of reyn, where thorugh nought only hey was distroied, but also moche corn, for it reyned almost every other day more or lasse.
Tak the Venisoun that ys rest and do yt in cold water and after mak an hole in the herthe and lat yt be thereyn thre dayes and thre nyzt and after tak yt up and spot yt wel wyth gret salt of peite  there were the restyng ys and after lat yt hange in reyn water al nyzt or more.
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Also this same yere on a Fryday, that is for to seye the xij day of August, aboughte iij of the belle at afternoon, there fill a sodeyn thondyr clap with a gret reyn and a lyghtnynge, the whiche lyghtnynge entred in at a wynde and distroyd moche hey which was stuffed in a gret hous at the Sterre in Bredstrete; and the remenaunt of the hey was cast out and had in to Chepe, the quantyte of
1398: A Drench for sur-reyn'd Iades, their Barly broth,
Agayns God it is, whan a man gruccheth agayn the peynes of helle, or agayns poverte, or los of catel or agayn reyn or tempest; or elles gruccheth that shrewes han prosperitee, or elles for that goode men han adversitee. "