What does RAINBOW mean?

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ˈreɪnˌboʊRAINBOW

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rainbow(noun)

    an arc of colored light in the sky caused by refraction of the sun's rays by rain

  2. rainbow(noun)

    an illusory hope

    "chasing rainbows"

Wiktionary

  1. rainbow(Noun)

    A multicoloured arch in the sky, produced by prismatic refraction of light within droplets of rain in the air.

    Etymology: From regnboga, formed as regn + boga. Cognate with Old High German reginbogo, Icelandic regnbogi and Old Norse regnbogi.

  2. rainbow(Noun)

    Any prismatic refraction of light showing a spectrum of colours.

    Etymology: From regnboga, formed as regn + boga. Cognate with Old High German reginbogo, Icelandic regnbogi and Old Norse regnbogi.

  3. rainbow(Noun)

    A wide assortment; a varied multitude.

    a rainbow of possibilities

    Etymology: From regnboga, formed as regn + boga. Cognate with Old High German reginbogo, Icelandic regnbogi and Old Norse regnbogi.

  4. rainbow(Noun)

    An illusion, mirage

    Many electoral promises are rainbows, vanishing soon after poll day.

    Etymology: From regnboga, formed as regn + boga. Cognate with Old High German reginbogo, Icelandic regnbogi and Old Norse regnbogi.

  5. rainbow(Noun)

    A curveball, particularly a slow one

    Etymology: From regnboga, formed as regn + boga. Cognate with Old High German reginbogo, Icelandic regnbogi and Old Norse regnbogi.

  6. rainbow(Noun)

    In Texas hold 'em or Omaha hold 'em, a flop that contains three different suits

    Etymology: From regnboga, formed as regn + boga. Cognate with Old High German reginbogo, Icelandic regnbogi and Old Norse regnbogi.

  7. rainbow(Verb)

    To pattern with many colours, like a rainbow.

    Etymology: From regnboga, formed as regn + boga. Cognate with Old High German reginbogo, Icelandic regnbogi and Old Norse regnbogi.

  8. rainbow(Adjective)

    Multicoloured.

    Etymology: From regnboga, formed as regn + boga. Cognate with Old High German reginbogo, Icelandic regnbogi and Old Norse regnbogi.

  9. rainbow(Adjective)

    Made up of several races or ethnicities, or (more broadly) of several cultural or ideological factions.

    Etymology: From regnboga, formed as regn + boga. Cognate with Old High German reginbogo, Icelandic regnbogi and Old Norse regnbogi.

  10. rainbow(Adjective)

    LGBT.

    Etymology: From regnboga, formed as regn + boga. Cognate with Old High German reginbogo, Icelandic regnbogi and Old Norse regnbogi.

  11. rainbow(Adjective)

    Composed entirely of different suits.

    Etymology: From regnboga, formed as regn + boga. Cognate with Old High German reginbogo, Icelandic regnbogi and Old Norse regnbogi.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rainbow(noun)

    a bow or arch exhibiting, in concentric bands, the several colors of the spectrum, and formed in the part of the hemisphere opposite to the sun by the refraction and reflection of the sun's rays in drops of falling rain

    Etymology: [AS. regenboga, akin to G. regenbogen. See Rain, and Bow anything bent.]

Freebase

  1. Rainbow

    A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection of light in water droplets in the Earth's atmosphere, resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun. In a "primary rainbow", the arc shows red on the outer part and violet on the inner side. This rainbow is caused by light being refracted while entering a droplet of water, then reflected inside on the back of the droplet and refracted again when leaving it. In a double rainbow, a second arc is seen outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colours reversed, red facing toward the other one, in both rainbows. This second rainbow is caused by light reflecting twice inside water droplets.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. rainbow

    "A rainbow towards night, Fair weather in sight. Rainbow at night, Sailor's delight; Rainbow in morning, Sailors, take warning."

Editors Contribution

  1. rainbow

    Is a meteorological phenomenon of colorful light.

    The rainbows in the sky are so beautiful to see, it always feels like a miracle to us.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 9, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RAINBOW' in Nouns Frequency: #2953

How to pronounce RAINBOW?

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How to say RAINBOW in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of RAINBOW in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of RAINBOW in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of RAINBOW in a Sentence

  1. Emily Mueller:

    I wish I could say I don’t remember any of it but I do. And the moments of our family coming to us and us confirming the devastating news. Our baby has died. Our baby will never come home with us, this wonderful rainbow baby we were blessed with has now become a storm in our lives. But this was much bigger, deeper, felt in a much greater way than anyone can ever understand. Believe me, I hope you never do. And if you have, please reach out to me as I need to create a network of love around me right now and know we can move on.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Morning sunrise wakes me up with rays of hope. Clouds of fear can hide the sun but not for long. If rays of hope are strong and patience is a song, then hope will bloom and rain will bring a rainbow.

  3. Matjaz Krivic:

    I really don't like what's going on in this world. ... There's just so much stuff happening, you can always go to (Rainbow Gatherings) and stay there and have a nice time, and you don't even have to pay for it. It will be a nice time, nice energy, not aggressive.

  4. Mary Figueras:

    I think a lot of people have gotten very tired of the rhetoric and the promises and the pie in the sky, unicorn flying over the rainbow.

  5. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    A rainbow is storm's smile, and a pot of gold at the end of rainbow is your smile.

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