What does Rainbow mean?

Definitions for Rainbow
ˈreɪnˌboʊRain·bow

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Rainbow.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rainbownoun

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

  2. rainbownoun

    an illusory hope

    "chasing rainbows"

Wiktionary

  1. rainbownoun

    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. rainbownoun

    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. rainbownoun

    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. rainbownoun

    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. rainbownoun

    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. rainbownoun

    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. rainbowverb

    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. rainbowadjective

    Multicoloured.

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

  9. rainbowadjective

    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. rainbowadjective

    LGBT.

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

  11. rainbowadjective

    Composed entirely of different suits.

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

Wikipedia

  1. Rainbow

    A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured circular arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun. Rainbows can be full circles. However, the observer normally sees only an arc formed by illuminated droplets above the ground, and centered on a line from the sun to the observer's eye. 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 when 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, with red on the inner side of the arc. This is caused by the light being reflected twice on the inside of the droplet before leaving it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rainbownoun

    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."

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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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. Van Jones:

    We have the beginning of a new Democratic Party, younger, browner, cooler, more women, more veterans, can win in Michigan, can win in Pennsylvania, can win in Ohio, it may not be a blue wave, it's a rainbow wave.

  2. Warren Wiersbe:

    Four Lessons on Life 1. Never take down a fence until you know why it was put up. 2. If you get too far ahead of the army, your soldiers may mistake you for the enemy. 3. Don't complain about the bottom rungs of the ladder they helped to get you higher. 4. If you want to enjoy the rainbow, be prepared to endure the storm.

  3. Paul Redmon:

    I said, I’m looking for a rainbow here, ‘cause this is amazing.

  4. George Mac Donald:

    He took his key. It turned in the lock to the sounds of Aeolian music. A door opened upon slow hinges, and disclosed a winding stair within. The key vanished from his fingers. Tangle went up. Mossy followed. The door closed behind them. They climbed out of the earth; and, still climbing, rose above it. They were in the rainbow. Far abroad, over ocean and land, they could see through ours transparent walls the earth beneath their get. Stairs beside stairs wound up together, and beautiful beings of all ages climbed along with them. They knew that they were going up to the country whence the shadows fall And by this time I think they must have got there.

  5. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Love is the soul's rainbow.

Images & Illustrations of Rainbow

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