[ reyn-fawl ]
/ ˈreɪnˌfɔl /


a fall or shower of rain.
the amount of water falling in rain, snow, etc., within a given time and area, usually expressed as a hypothetical depth of coverage: a rainfall of 70 inches a year.

Origin of rainfall

First recorded in 1840–50; rain + fall
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British Dictionary definitions for rainfall

/ (ˈreɪnˌfɔːl) /


precipitation in the form of raindrops
meteorol the amount of precipitation in a specified place and time
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Scientific definitions for rainfall

[ rānfôl′ ]

The quantity of water, usually expressed in millimeters or inches, that is precipitated in liquid form in a specified area and time interval. Rainfall is often considered to include solid precipitation such as snow, hail, and sleet as well.
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