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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Water condensed from atmospheric vapor and falling in drops.
  • noun A fall of such water; a rainstorm.
  • noun The descent of such water.
  • noun Rainy weather.
  • noun A rainy season.
  • noun A heavy or abundant fall.
  • intransitive verb To fall in drops of water from the clouds.
  • intransitive verb To fall like rain.
  • intransitive verb To release rain.
  • intransitive verb To send or pour down.
  • intransitive verb To give abundantly; shower.
  • idiom (rain cats and dogs) To rain very heavily.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A ridge.
  • noun A furrow.
  • noun An obsolete spelling of rein.
  • noun The descent of water in drops through the atmosphere, or the water thus falling.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A shower, downpour, or abundant outpouring of anything.
  • noun 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.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To fall in drops from the clouds, as water; -- used mostly with it for a nominative.
  • intransitive verb To fall or drop like water from the clouds.
  • transitive verb To pour or shower down from above, like rain from the clouds.
  • transitive verb To bestow in a profuse or abundant manner.
  • obsolete Reign.
  • noun Water falling in drops from the clouds; the descent of water from the clouds in drops.
  • noun (Meteorol.) a dark band in the yellow portion of the solar spectrum near the sodium line, caused by the presence of watery vapor in the atmosphere, and hence sometimes used in weather predictions.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the yaffle, or green woodpecker. [Prov. Eng.] The name is also applied to various other birds, as to Saurothera vetula of the West Indies.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the channel-bill cuckoo (Scythrops Novæ-Hollandiæ) of Australia.
  • noun an instrument of various forms for measuring the quantity of rain that falls at any given place in a given time; a pluviometer; an ombrometer.
  • noun (Zoöl.), [Prov. Eng.] the red-throated diver, or loon.
  • noun (Geol.) markings on the surfaces of stratified rocks, presenting an appearance similar to those made by rain on mud and sand, and believed to have been so produced.
  • noun (Zoöl.) See Quail, n., 1.
  • noun water that has fallen from the clouds in rain.

from , Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Middle English, from Old English regn, rēn.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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').


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    August 23, 2008

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

    August 23, 2008

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    August 23, 2008

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  • 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,, 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


    tau heavy rain


    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


    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


    uhyou freezing rain

    yellow jacket, gloves, scarf, he hoped

    amenochiyuki rain then snow


    yukimajiri snow and rain


    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


    keiu welcome rain


    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


    amaagari after the rain

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

    ugo after 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

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