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 rains
The machine, Rains said, would record scores of up to 1,000,000 points.
Rains said that the problem had came up before and that the engineers were working on it.
A lake may dry up in one region, but a new one can form when rains fill a basin elsewhere.
These clouds, spotted over a methane lake, could be the first sign of summer rains on a distant world.
They live in humiliating conditions—knee-deep in mud when it rains, unable to go to school or work.Creating Consequences for South Sudan’s Political Elite|Justine Fleischner|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When the rains and the floods and the winds come, the house will fall down and that will be the end of it.The King Nobody Wanted|Norman F. Langford
The author before quoted, remarks, that towards the middle of March the rains commence heavily, and last till the end of April.Cyprus|Franz von Lher
The boy has a cloth over his organ, to protect it when it rains.Baby Chatterbox|Anonymous
Any excess of water from rains puddles some of the lime, destroying practically all its immediate effectiveness.Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement|Alva Agee
Fifteen days more of Tsungling mountain-climbing southwards took him to Wuchung (Udyana), where he remained during the rains.The Gates of India|Thomas Holdich
- 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