verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of rain
Synonyms for rain
Related Words for rainrainfall, deluge, hail, torrent, shower, flood, stream, mist, precipitation, drizzle, sleet, rainstorm, monsoon, pouring, sprinkle, condensation, spit, cloudburst, pour, flurry
Examples from the Web for rain
Contemporary Examples of rain
“Firestorms Will Rain on the Headquarters of War,” the title threatened.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel
December 20, 2014
He walked down to the beach anyway, in the rain, and went for a long swim.Colm Toibin Describes The Creation Of His Quiet Masterpiece ‘Nora Webster’
November 3, 2014
Hordes of celebrants, swept by rain, surged over the five-year-old Brooklyn Bridge.128 Years Old and Still a Looker: Happy Birthday to Lady Liberty
October 28, 2014
Maybe he had been at a card game—wherever he was, it was late and he was speeding in the rain.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
On Roles Murray Turned Down: Tom Cruise in Rain Man: “Something about Rain Man.”Bill Murray’s Words of Wisdom: On Comedy, the Greatness of In-N-Out, and Searching For Great Love
October 10, 2014
Historical Examples of rain
Rain, which we were much in want of, fell lightly most of the day.
We are much in want of rain, and thought we should have had some, but the barometer is rising this evening.
As soon as we unloaded, it commenced to rain, and kept on steadily till midnight.
I am indeed pleased to get this rain at last, as the country is very dry.
The country is very dry, and I should think there has not been any rain for several months.
- precipitation from clouds in the form of drops of water, formed by the condensation of water vapour in the atmosphere
- a fall of rain; shower
- (in combination)a raindrop Related adjectives: hyetal, pluvious
- regardless of the weather
- regardless of circumstances
Word Origin for rain
Old English regn "rain," from Proto-Germanic *regna- (cf. Old Saxon regan, Old Frisian rein, Middle Dutch reghen, Dutch regen, German regen, Old Norse regn, Gothic rign "rain"), with no certain cognates outside Germanic, unless it is from a presumed PIE *reg- "moist, wet," which may be the source of Latin rigare "to wet, moisten" (cf. irrigate). Rain dance is from 1867; rain date in listings for outdoor events is from 1948. To know enough to come in out of the rain (usually with a negative) is from 1590s. Rainshower is Old English renscur.
Old English regnian, usually contracted to rinan; see rain (n.), and cf. Old Norse rigna, Swedish regna, Danish regne, Old High German reganon, German regnen, Gothic rignjan. Related: Rained; raining. Transferred and figurative use of other things that fall as rain (blessings, tears, etc.) is recorded from c.1200.
To rain on (someone's) parade is attested from 1941. Phrase to rain cats and dogs is attested from 1738 (variation rain dogs and polecats is from 1650s), of unknown origin, despite intense speculation. One of the less likely suggestions is pets sliding off sod roofs when the sod got too wet during a rainstorm. (Ever see a dog react to a rainstorm by climbing up on an exposed roof?) Probably rather an extension of cats and dogs as proverbial for "strife, enmity" (1570s).
In addition to the idioms beginning with rain
- rain cats and dogs
- rain check
- rain on one's parade
- rain or shine
- rain out
- rainy day, a
- come in out of the rain
- it never rains but it pours
- right as rain