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 rained
It had rained all night and was still drizzling when I headed for the Hawthorne Race Course in suburban Cicero, Illinois.
It had rained while we were inside and the air in the alley smelled almost fresh.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis|Stanley Booth|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So whenever it rained, we had to pull over every two miles and take a squeegee to it.Chris Colfer on ‘Struck by Lightning,’ Secret Boyfriends, and Girl Fans|Ramin Setoodeh|January 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He said he was checking to see if the gun had any water in it, as it had rained the night before.James Peters, the Scottsdale Cop Involved in Six Justifiable Homicides|Terry Greene Sterling|September 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is the drones that have rained unsuspecting civilian death from the sky.
I had an excellent audience notwithstanding that it rained tremendously, and everybody had to walk because there were no horses.Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe Compiled from Her Letters and Journals|Charles Edward Stowe
It has rained heavily all the time since we started after breakfast and continues.
It was foggy nearly all day and rained very hard most of the forenoon.Cyrus W. Field; his Life and Work|Isabella Field Judson
Anyhow, it rained that August as we never had seen it rain before and never want to see it again.The Boy Scouts of Bob's Hill|Charles Pierce Burton
The night was very cold, with a strong wind from the northeast, and in the middle of the night, it rained considerable.
- 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