What does rainbow mean?

Definitions for rainbow
ˈreɪnˌboʊrain·bow

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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.

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. 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. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Life can be compared to a Rainbow that requires both the Sun and the Rain in order to create its Bright and Beautiful Colors.

  2. RVM:

    A rainbow in the sky or a bird that can fly often create Joy that money can't buy!

  3. Van Der Breggen:

    On one of my first races I saw this rider with a weird jersey with stripes, I didn't know what it was, then my dad told me it was the world champion's( rainbow) jersey !

  4. David Studinski:

    Gender nonconforming and transgender individuals face challenges within our own community, say nothing of the vast array of perceptions they experience outside of it. Compound that with the trials and tribulations of childhood and adolescence, and it's quite obvious why these amazing young people deserve to see 2 million people supporting them along Fifth Avenue, what the world will see in return are smiling young faces, lit up by the ecstatic energy of rainbow-flag-waving spectators. If they're OK with who they are, the world should be, too.

  5. 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.

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