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[kloud-burst] /ˈklaʊdˌbɜrst/
a sudden and very heavy rainfall.
Origin of cloudburst
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20; cloud + burst Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Once black clouds gathered in the distance, to pour out a cloudburst.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • "The cloudburst was too much for the dam," he answered regretfully.

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram
  • To have called at Brompton Square would have been asking for a cloudburst.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
  • It looked as if we would have a cloudburst that fearful morning.

    True Bear Stories Joaquin Miller
  • There had been a cloudburst on a distant mountain and the stream was yellow and turbid.

  • Isn't that pretty nearly what people call a cloudburst, uncle Phaeton?

    The Lost City Joseph E. Badger, Jr.
  • We call every snowstorm a blizzard, every breeze a gale, every shower a cloudburst.

    Reading the Weather

    Thomas Morris Longstreth
  • Then the thunder of its roaring subsided by degrees and by sundown the cloudburst was past.

    Wunpost Dane Coolidge
  • So I crabbed the whole play, eh, and fetched that cloudburst down Woodpecker?

    Wunpost Dane Coolidge
  • You know what I mean,” she said at the gate; “have you forgotten about the cloudburst?

    Wunpost Dane Coolidge
British Dictionary definitions for cloudburst


a heavy downpour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cloudburst

also cloud-burst, 1817, American English, from cloud (n.) + burst (n.). Parallels German Wolkenbruch.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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