What does rain mean?

Definitions for rainreɪn

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rain, rainfall(noun)

    water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphere

  2. rain, rainwater(noun)

    drops of fresh water that fall as precipitation from clouds

  3. rain, pelting(verb)

    anything happening rapidly or in quick successive

    "a rain of bullets"; "a pelting of insults"

  4. rain, rain down(verb)

    precipitate as rain

    "If it rains much more, we can expect some flooding"


  1. rain(Noun)

    Condensed water falling from a cloud.

  2. rain(Noun)

    Any matter moving or falling, usually through air, and especially if liquid or otherwise figuratively identifiable with raindrops.

  3. rain(Noun)

    An instance of particles or larger pieces of matter moving or falling through air.

    A rain of mortar fire fell on our trenches.

  4. rain(Verb)

    To have rain fall from the sky.

    It will rain today.

  5. rain(Verb)

    To fall in large quantities.

    Bombs rained from the sky.

  6. rain(Verb)

    To issue (something) in large quantities.

    The boxer rained punches on his opponent's head.

  7. Origin: reyn, rein, from regn, from regnaz (compare West Frisian rein, Dutch regen, German Regen, Danish regn), from pre-Germanic -, from Hreǵ 'to flow' (cf. Latin rigo, Lithuanian rõki 'drizzling rain', Albanian rrjedh 'to flow, drip').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rain


  2. Rain(noun)

    water falling in drops from the clouds; the descent of water from the clouds in drops

  3. Rain(noun)

    to fall in drops from the clouds, as water; -- used mostly with it for a nominative; as, it rains

  4. Rain(noun)

    to fall or drop like water from the clouds; as, tears rained from their eyes

  5. Rain(verb)

    to pour or shower down from above, like rain from the clouds

  6. Rain(verb)

    to bestow in a profuse or abundant manner; as, to rain favors upon a person

  7. Origin: [OE. rein, AS. regen; akin to OFries. rein, D. & G. regen, OS. & OHG. regan, Icel., Dan., & Sw. regn, Goth. rign, and prob. to L. rigare to water, to wet; cf. Gr. bre`chein to wet, to rain.]


  1. Rain

    Rain is liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapor and then precipitated—that is, become heavy enough to fall under gravity. Rain is a major component of the water cycle and is responsible for depositing most of the fresh water on the Earth. It provides suitable conditions for many types of ecosystem, as well as water for hydroelectric power plants and crop irrigation. The major cause of rain production is moisture moving along three-dimensional zones of temperature and moisture contrasts known as weather fronts. If enough moisture and upward motion is present, precipitation falls from convective clouds such as cumulonimbus which can organize into narrow rainbands. In mountainous areas, heavy precipitation is possible where upslope flow is maximized within windward sides of the terrain at elevation which forces moist air to condense and fall out as rainfall along the sides of mountains. On the leeward side of mountains, desert climates can exist due to the dry air caused by downslope flow which causes heating and drying of the air mass. The movement of the monsoon trough, or intertropical convergence zone, brings rainy seasons to savannah climes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rain

    rān, n. water from the clouds in drops: a shower: a fall of any substance through the atmosphere in the manner of rain.—v.i. to fall from the clouds: to drop like rain.—v.t. to pour like rain.—ns. Rain′band, a dark band in the solar spectrum; Rain′-bird, a bird, like the Rain′-crow, supposed to foretell rain by its cries and actions; Rain′bow, the brilliant-coloured bow or arch seen when rain is falling opposite the sun, called lunar rainbow when formed by the moon; Rain′bow-dart′er, the soldier-fish.—adjs. Rain′bowed, formed with, or like, a rainbow; Rain′bow-tint′ed, having tints like those of a rainbow: iridescent.—ns. Rain′bow-trout, a variety of the Californian salmon; Rain′-cham′ber, an attachment to a furnace in which the fumes of any metal are condensed; Rain′-chart, -map, a chart giving information as to the distribution of rain in any part of the world; Rain′-cloud, a cloud in meteorology called nimbus; Rain′drop, a drop of rain; Rain′fall, a fall of rain: the amount of water that falls in a given time in the form of rain; Rain′-gauge, an instrument for measuring the quantity of rain that falls; Rain′iness, the state of being rainy.—adj. Rain′less, without rain.—ns. Rain′-mak′er, -doc′tor, a sorcerer, as those of Africa, professing to bring rain; Rain′-pour, a heavy rainfall; Rain′-print, one of the small pits seen on the surfaces of some argillaceous rocks, and believed to be the impressions of raindrops.—adjs. Rain′-proof, -tight, impervious to rain.—ns. Rain′storm; Rain′-tree, the genisaro of South America; Rain′-wa′ter, water which falls in rain from the clouds.—adj. Rain′y, abounding with rain: showery.—Rain cats and dogs (see Cat).—A rainy day (fig.), a time of need or hardship: future want or need; The former and the latter rain, Palestine, the rain in spring and in autumn: rain in its season. [A.S. regn, rén, rain; Dut. and Ger. regen, Ice. regn.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Rain

    Water particles that fall from the ATMOSPHERE.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1720

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1588

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rain' in Nouns Frequency: #736

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rain' in Verbs Frequency: #904

Anagrams for rain »

  1. Arin, ARIN, arni, Iran, NIRA, rani, Rian, RNAi

  2. ARIN

  3. Iran

  4. NIRA

  5. Rani

  6. Rian

  7. RNAi


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rain in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Joan Harvey:

    Rain is very unusual for us.

  2. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Those who hate rain hate life.

  3. Fernando Belaunzaran:

    Appeals are going to rain down.

  4. Kathy Ann Jensen:

    Rain makes the sun shine brighter.

  5. Dejan Stojanovic:

    God is a cloud from which rain fell.

Images & Illustrations of rain

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