What does rain mean?

Definitions for rain
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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"

Wiktionary

  1. rain(Noun)

    Condensed water falling from a cloud.

    Etymology: 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').

  2. rain(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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').

  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.

    Etymology: 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').

  4. rain(Verb)

    To have rain fall from the sky.

    It will rain today.

    Etymology: 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').

  5. rain(Verb)

    To fall in large quantities.

    Bombs rained from the sky.

    Etymology: 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').

  6. rain(Verb)

    To issue (something) in large quantities.

    The boxer rained punches on his opponent's head.

    Etymology: 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

    reign

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Rain(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Rain(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Rain(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Rain(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Rain(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. rain

    A town of Bavaria, 22 miles north from Augsburg, where the Austrian general Tilly received his mortal wound in 1632.

Editors Contribution

  1. rain

    A form of liquid water.

    Rain is vital to grow plants.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2020  

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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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of rain in a Sentence

  1. Sol Ortiz:

    We know there are areas where the increase is going to be greater. That will obviously affect rain patterns, and in turn, agriculture and food security.

  2. Jose Miguel Burgos:

    Temperatures are 2 to 4 degrees (Celsius) above average for this time of the year, there's a lot of sunlight, a lack of rain and very mild winds, all of which are conditions for the micro algae to appear.

  3. Adam Kushner:

    Instead of water just being there, some hospitals truck in water or collect it in rain barrels, with no guarantee of its cleanliness.

  4. Ayman Sayed Ali:

    I am sick, (I spent) four hours in the rain, we are humans, not animals.

  5. Brian Hurley:

    It's good news for them, we're talking about an average of 1.4 inches of rain in New Mexico. We're even putting out a warning for some spots of flash flooding, because the ground is so hard, there'll be a lot of run-off. But this is nice, right when they need it.

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    like a pulp or overripe; not having stiffness
    • A. witless
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    • C. squashy
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