a brief fall of rain or, sometimes, of hail or snow.
Also called show·er bath . a bath in which water is sprayed on the body, usually from an overhead perforated nozzle (showerhead ).
the apparatus for this or the room or stall enclosing it.
a large supply or quantity: a shower of wealth.
a party given for a bestowal of presents of a specific kind, especially such a party for a prospective bride or prospective mother: a linen shower;a baby shower.
a fall of many objects, as tears, sparks, or missiles.
Astronomy. air shower.
showers, a room or area equipped with several showerheads or stalls for use by a number of people at the same time.
to bestow liberally or lavishly.
to deluge (a person) with gifts, favors, etc.: She was showered with gifts on her birthday.
to bathe (oneself) in a shower bath.
to rain briefly.
to take a shower bath.
Idioms about shower
send to the showers, Baseball.
to replace (a pitcher) during a game, usually because they are ineffective: The coach sent him to the showers after he walked three batters in a row.
to cause (a pitcher) to be replaced in a game, as by getting many hits off them; knock out of the box: Two home runs and a line-drive double sent her to the showers.
- show·er·less, adjective
- show·er·like, adjective
- un·show·ered, adjective
- well-show·ered, adjective
Other definitions for shower (2 of 2)
a person or thing that shows.
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How to use shower in a sentence
VOSD contributor and guy-who-thinks-a-lot-about-bodily-fluids Randy Dotinga reports that sewage analysis is sophisticated enough to detect one infected person out of 100,000 who are flushing toilets and taking showers.Morning Report: Hotel Workers Want Their Jobs Back | Voice of San Diego | September 8, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
In Mumbai, a phone vendor even marked the occasion with showers of confetti and cheerleaders.Apple’s iPhone sales have lagged in India for years. It’s only now unleashing its branding firepower | Grady McGregor | September 6, 2020 | Fortune
This leave-on treatment absorbs quickly into your scalp, so you can continue on your day after a shower and tangibly feel the nourishing effects of its subtle ingredients such as chamomile and lavender.Scalp scrubs that banish scaly patches and build-up | PopSci Commerce Team | September 4, 2020 | Popular-Science
We have a queen bed, a stove, an oven, a refrigerator and freezer, and even a flush toilet and shower on board.5 Portable Grills for All Your Outdoor Cooking Needs | Amy Marturana Winderl | September 2, 2020 | Outside Online
Then there’s virtual wedding showers and postponed celebrations.A guide to giving gifts for postponed and shrunken weddings | Brooke Henderson | August 20, 2020 | Fortune
“Wait…” Suddenly a huge, graceful black marlin leaps out of the water, sending a shower of water ten feet high.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I was so relieved, until I thought about my dirty pantyhose hanging on the shower at home.
His explanation only diminishes the irresistible excitement we feel while watching Tony Perkins peer at Janet Leigh in her shower.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One measly year later, Pam woke to find a naked Ewing grinning at her in the shower.
They go into the bathroom, and he asks her to sit by him in the shower.
First a shower of shells dropping all along the lower ridges and out over the surface of the Bay.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
The eye admireth at the beauty of the whiteness thereof, and the heart is astonished at the shower thereof.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Then a shower of dirt flew into their faces and both Jolly Robin and his wife tumbled over backward.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
Sick, trembling, her beautiful face humble and tearful enough now, she bent it on his shoulder in a shower of bitter tears.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
The shells came from Asia and Achi Baba:—in a fiery shower, they fell upon the lines of our front trenches.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for shower (1 of 2)
a brief period of rain, hail, sleet, or snow
a sudden abundant fall or downpour, as of tears, sparks, or light
a rush; outpouring: a shower of praise
a kind of bath in which a person stands upright and is sprayed with water from a nozzle
the room, booth, etc, containing such a bath: Full name: shower bath
British slang a derogatory term applied to a person or group, esp to a group considered as being slack, untidy, etc
US, Canadian, Australian and NZ a party held to honour and present gifts to a person, as to a prospective bride
a large number of particles formed by the collision of a cosmic-ray particle with a particle in the atmosphere
NZ a light fabric cover thrown over a tea table to protect the food from flies, dust, etc
(tr) to sprinkle or spray with or as if with a shower: shower the powder into the milk
(often with it as subject) to fall or cause to fall in the form of a shower
(tr) to give (gifts, etc) in abundance or present (a person) with (gifts, etc): they showered gifts on him
(intr) to take a shower
- showery, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for shower (2 of 2)
a person or thing that shows
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Other Idioms and Phrases with shower
see cold shower.
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