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rainstorm

[reyn-stawrm]
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noun
  1. a storm with heavy rain.
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Origin of rainstorm

First recorded in 1810–20; rain + storm
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Related Words

rainfallsnowrainstormdrizzlesleetrainstormdelugehailtorrentshowerfloodstreammistprecipitationmonsoondownpourcondensationcloudburstwetness

Examples from the Web for rainstorm

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Historical Examples

  • An hour ago a rainstorm would have been a minor catastrophe.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • Water was dripping everywhere as from umbrellas in a rainstorm.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • It was like a brook overflowing after a rainstorm when the soil is parched.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • But why didst thou, without consultation, bring on the rainstorm?

  • The approach of the daily rainstorm, usually about noon, was a remarkable sight.


British Dictionary definitions for rainstorm

rainstorm

noun
  1. a storm with heavy rain
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Word Origin and History for rainstorm

n.

1804, from rain (n.) + storm (n.).

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