Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Water condensed from atmospheric vapor and falling in drops.
  • n. A fall of such water; a rainstorm.
  • n. The descent of such water.
  • n. Rainy weather.
  • n. A rainy season.
  • n. A heavy or abundant fall: a rain of fluffy cottonwood seeds; a rain of insults.
  • intransitive v. To fall in drops of water from the clouds.
  • intransitive v. To fall like rain: Praise rained down on the composer.
  • intransitive v. To release rain.
  • transitive v. To send or pour down.
  • transitive v. To give abundantly; shower: rain gifts; rain curses upon their heads.
  • rain out To force the cancellation or postponement of (an outdoor event) because of rain. Used in passive constructions: The ball game was rained out.
  • idiom rain cats and dogs Informal To rain very heavily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Condensed water falling from a cloud.
  • n. Any matter moving or falling, usually through air, and especially if liquid or otherwise figuratively identifiable with raindrops.
  • n. An instance of particles or larger pieces of matter moving or falling through air.
  • v. To have rain fall from the sky.
  • v. To fall in large quantities.
  • v. To issue (something) in large quantities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reign.
  • n. Water falling in drops from the clouds; the descent of water from the clouds in drops.
  • intransitive v. To fall in drops from the clouds, as water; -- used mostly with it for a nominative.
  • intransitive v. To fall or drop like water from the clouds.
  • transitive v. To pour or shower down from above, like rain from the clouds.
  • transitive v. To bestow in a profuse or abundant manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fall in drops through the air, as water: generally used impersonally.
  • To fall or drop like rain; as, tears rained from their eyes.
  • To pour or shower down, like rain from the clouds; pour or send down abundantly.
  • n. The descent of water in drops through the atmosphere, or the water thus falling.
  • n. Figuratively— A fall of any substance through the atmosphere in the manner of rain, as of blossoms or of the pyrotechnic stars from rockets and other fireworks.
  • n. A shower, downpour, or abundant outpouring of anything.
  • n. Synonyms Rain, Haze, Fog, Mist, Cloud. A cloud resting upon the earth is called mist or fog. In mist the globules are very fine, but are separately distinguishable, and have a visible motion. In fog the particles are separately indistinguishable, and there is no perceptible motion. A dry fog is composed largely of dust-particles on which the condensed vapor is too slight to occasion any sense of moisture. Haze differs from fog and cloud in the greater microscopic minuteness of its particles. It is visible only as a want of transparency of the atmosphere, and in general exhibits neither form, boundary, nor locus. Thus, among haze, fog, mist, and rain, the size of the constituent particles or globules is a discriminating characteristic, though frequently cloud merges into fog or mist, and mist into rain, by insensible gradations.
  • n. A ridge.
  • n. A furrow.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of rein.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphere
  • n. anything happening rapidly or in quick successive
  • n. drops of fresh water that fall as precipitation from clouds
  • v. precipitate as rain

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English regn, rēn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English reyn, rein, from Old English reġn, from Proto-Germanic *regnaz (compare West Frisian rein, Dutch regen, German Regen, Danish regn), from pre-Germanic *Hréǵ-no-, from Proto-Indo-European *Hreǵ 'to flow' (cf. Latin rigō ("wet, soak"), Lithuanian rõki 'drizzling rain', Albanian rrjedh 'to flow, drip'). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The fact that we usually are talking about rain in a particular place has to do with the nature of rain and the way humans are concerned with it and conceptualize the phenomena, rather than the syntax of ˜rain.™

    Pragmatics

  • Their authority rests above all upon their supposed power of making rain, for “rain is the one thing which matters to the people in those districts, as if it does not come down at the right time it means untold hardships for the community.

    Chapter 6. Magicians as Kings

  • Rule 55 the umpire is prohibited from suspending play in a match game on account of rain, unless "_rain falls so heavily that the spectators are compelled by the severity of the storm_, to seek shelter."

    Spalding's Baseball Guide and Official League Book for 1889

  • I had to wait 5 months AND come north a thousand of miles or so to find out that there was a tropical depression and that was the reason for all of the rain in October. (there was so much rain that we were sort of stuck at home - I refused to drive down the mountain unless absolutely necessary because I got stuck once, and I was not about to get stuck in the mud again. * think dirt road/ruts + 30+ days of heavy rain*)

    La Gringa's Blogicito

  • Rains of Fishes: Do fishes fall in rain from the sky?

    Boing Boing

  • Plus the rain is a good excuse to stay in and relax.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Inviting people in out of the rain is a totally different thing from people just trying to get out of the rain.

    These ‘I regret my 2008 vote’ pieces are going to be excruciating… | RedState

  • Right now the rain is as heavy as I've ever seen it.

    This is my brain on stir-fry

  • And sometimes the fact that we can dance after the rain is the most remarkable part of all.

    Rain. Dance. | Her Bad Mother

  • Well, you know, we should just warn folks there that if we lose you it's because of what we call rain faith.

    CNN Transcript Jul 14, 2008

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  • When it rains, it pours. Love the 50 nouns for rain.
    What is it called when two raindrops fall in tandem on the ears of a bilby?
    (This is not a riddle. I don't have an answer for my question.)

    October 26, 2015

  • The Rain In Japain


    It rains a great deal in Japan and the Japanese love to talk about the weather. There are at least 50 Japanese nouns for rain.
    - John Spacey, japan-talk.com, August 2012

    --------------------------

    ame
    rain

    rain of sons, rain of daughters

    hakuu
    rain shower

    rain of dandelion, windrippt and free

    kyuu
    rain shower

    the national drizzle of Scotland

    niwakaame
    rain shower

    rain that keeps you indoors, kettled till aftermorrow

    kou
    rainfall

    rain of legion

    jakuu
    weak rain

    rain beaded on your tragic black vinyl jacket

    kosame
    light rain

    drops of autumn washing summer a last time before it's put away

    koburi
    light rain

    rain on your neighbour's side of the street

    biu
    light rain

    rain kept out by loose tiles, just

    konukaame
    fine rain

    rain deceptive enough to ruin your new haircut

    enu
    misty rain

    a film of moisture through which you skeptically view past selves

    saiu
    drizzle

    boredom

    tau
    heavy rain

    wetness

    ooame
    heavy rain

    rain in the carpet and the smell of old sheep

    kyouu
    severe rain

    too late for renovations, but not for regret

    yokoburi
    driving rain

    sideways

    fukiburi
    driving rain

    keep going, it's only water

    shinotsukuame
    intense rain

    mysteriously, I feel alive

    shuuchuugouu
    severe localized downpour

    oh my garden

    fuu
    wind and rain

    whoooooooooo

    uhyou
    freezing rain

    yellow jacket, gloves, scarf, he hoped

    amenochiyuki
    rain then snow

    thus

    yukimajiri
    snow and rain

    thus

    amemajirinoyuki
    snow and rain

    they found a body, under the shadow of a precipice

    harenochiame
    clear then rain

    prayer not enough

    uro
    rain and dew

    rain of lost gypsies

    ryouu
    cool rain

    in straight lines, no nonsense

    reiu
    chilly rain

    help me, pity me

    kanu
    cold winter rain

    to the seasons I am come, as naked, as a branch, as a fold of humanity

    hisame
    very cold rain or hail

    rain of golf-ball spite

    yau
    night rain

    I hear the night rain, the night train, the night rain slick on boxcars of the night train and all signals down

    baiuzensen
    seasonal rain

    rain of now

    rain that reminds me of the Braille around the nipples of the first girl who bared me her breast

    shun rin
    spring rain

    I recall the sun and its desire, plain and unambiguous

    shun u
    gentle spring rain

    rain of growth

    ryokuu
    early-summer rain

    rain that curtains the river from the foothills

    samidare
    early-summer rain

    I am learning to be thirsty

    akisame
    autumn rain

    the days shorten

    shuu rin
    autumn rain

    the rains lengthen

    touu
    winter rain

    from the alps there is thunder of heaven, then water, summit to sea

    juuu
    refreshing rain once in ten days

    aahh

    keiu
    welcome rain

    aahh

    jinkouu
    artificial rain

    Chinese Olympic rain

    rain by which people kill themselves

    houshanouu
    radioactive rain

    Fukushima rain

    tenkyuu
    rain from a cloudless sky

    a waltz in the desert, anon

    amamoyou
    signs of rain

    see broken clouds, see sky

    amamoyoi
    threat of rain

    forecastonomics

    amaagari
    after the rain

    post-flood and -tide, after broom and beast, the streets are still for the feet of dreamers

    ugo
    after rain

    uber-rain

    amaai
    break in the rain

    dunny-run; check mail; buy umbrella; eye

    hareichijikosame
    brief light rain

    all clear

    nagame
    long rain

    we return

    rinu
    long rain

    we are

    nagame
    long rain

    water, essence

    inrin
    long rain

    element, spirit

    rain that swells gullies and makes men of rivulets

    yuudachi
    sudden evening rain

    and sun

    and rain again

    October 26, 2015

  • Fantastic is just the right word.

    August 23, 2008

  • I also love rain. Which is a good thing because it has pretty much rained all month in Adelaide.

    August 23, 2008

  • It just so happens there was some fantastic rain happening in Sydney on Friday…

    August 23, 2008

  • Something kewpid and frindley love.

    August 23, 2008