verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- raimondi, marcantonio,
- rain cats and dogs,
- rain check,
- rain cloud,
- rain dance,
- rain date
Origin of rain
Examples from the Web for rain
“Firestorms Will Rain on the Headquarters of War,” the title threatened.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel|Michael Daly|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Jennie Yabroff|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Elizabeth Mitchell|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Maybe he had been at a card game—wherever he was, it was late and he was speeding in the rain.
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|Marlow Stern|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The rain of the preceding evening had besides so softened the ground that it would not well retain an impression.
She had fairly to shout to be heard above the noise of the wind and rain.The Motor Girls on the Coast|Margaret Penrose
Of Bonhag, who came to close the cell door, he asked whether it was going to rain, it looked so dark in the hall.The Financier|Theodore Dreiser
You left at eight, and the rain was all over at ten minutes or a quarter past seven.Martin Hewitt, Investigator|Arthur Morrison
The patter of the rain was heard no more upon the roof, and the wind blew just as it sometimes does late in the fall.New National Fourth Reader|Charles J. Barnes and J. Marshall Hawkes
- 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