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[reyn-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈreɪnˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
water fallen as rain.
Origin of rainwater
before 1000; Middle English rein water, Old English regn-wæter; see rain, water


[reyn-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈreɪnˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
(Leo) James, 1917–86, U.S. physicist: Nobel prize 1975. Unabridged
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  • The slopes were completely covered with little furrows and gullies where the rainwater had done its work.

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
  • Below this opening was a shallow basin into which the rainwater fell.

  • Then, I remembered that it was a gutter-pipe, that had been put there some years ago, to carry off the rainwater.

    The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
  • "The news with us is, that we're out of rainwater," Rufe replied.

    The Young Surveyor; J. T. Trowbridge
  • In the displuviate, there are beams which slope outwards, supporting the roof and throwing the rainwater off.

  • The water highly prized and sold is the rainwater caught in tanks.

    Shadow and Light Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
  • The drainage of the rainwater downwards through these parts of the island, must, therefore, be large.

  • It is still necessary, as we have said, to preserve all the rainwater possible, for domestic use.

    The Story of Malta Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for rainwater


water from rain (as distinguished from spring water, tap water, etc)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rainwater

Old English renwæter; see rain (n.) + water (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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