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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rain•mak•erˈreɪnˌmeɪ kər(n.)

  1. (among American Indians) a medicine man who by various rituals and incantations seeks to cause rain.

    Category: Anthropology

  2. a person who tries to induce rainfall by artificial techniques, as by seeding clouds with silver iodide crystals.

    Category: Meteorology

  3. Informal. an executive or lawyer able to secure clients, generate income, etc., as by using political connections.

    Category: Business

Origin of rainmaker:

1765–75, Amer.

rain′mak`ing(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rainmaking(noun)

    activity intended to produce rain

Wiktionary

  1. rainmaking(Noun)

    The attempted artificial production of rain, either by use of magic or by seeding clouds

  2. rainmaking(Noun)

    Hiring someone who creates business opportunities or revenue.

Freebase

  1. Rainmaking

    Rainmaking, also known as artificial precipitation, is the act of attempting to artificially induce or increase precipitation, usually to stave off drought. According to the clouds' different physical properties, this can be done using airplanes or rockets to sow to the clouds with catalysts such as dry ice, silver iodide and salt powder, to make clouds rain or increase precipitation, to remove or mitigate farmland drought, to increase reservoir irrigation water or water supply capacity, or to increase water levels for power generation. In the US, rainmaking was attempted by traveling showmen. It was practiced in the old west but may have reached a peak during the dust bowl drought of the American West and Midwest in the 1930s. The practice was depicted in the 1956 film The Rainmaker. Attempts to bring rain directly have waned with development of the science of meteorology, the advent of laws against fraud and increased communication technology, with some exceptions such as cloud seeding and rain dances or other forms of prayer, which are still practiced today. Prayer for more rain is also a cross cultural practice in Christian and Muslim Ethiopia as well as in areas where people keep "traditional" non-scriptural religions. In the Christian areas the Defteras believed to have the wisdom to arrest the rain, to bring hail to farms of individuals who refuse to comply with religious rules as well as to bring more rains when the rainy season fell short of giving the usual amount of rain needed for growing cereals.

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