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rainstorm

[reyn-stawrm] /ˈreɪnˌstɔrm/
noun
1.
a storm with heavy rain.
Origin of rainstorm
1810-1820
First recorded in 1810-20; rain + storm
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Examples from the Web for rainstorm
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  • An hour ago a rainstorm would have been a minor catastrophe.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • Water was dripping everywhere as from umbrellas in a rainstorm.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • It was like a brook overflowing after a rainstorm when the soil is parched.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • But why didst thou, without consultation, bring on the rainstorm?

  • The approach of the daily rainstorm, usually about noon, was a remarkable sight.

British Dictionary definitions for rainstorm

rainstorm

/ˈreɪnˌstɔːm/
noun
1.
a storm with heavy rain
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Word Origin and History for rainstorm
n.

1804, from rain (n.) + storm (n.).

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