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rain



Pronunciation: (rān), [key]
n.
1. water that is condensed from the aqueous vapor in the atmosphere and falls to earth in drops more than 1/50 in. (0.5 mm) in diameter. Cf. drizzle (def. 6).
2. a rainfall, rainstorm, or shower: We had a light rain this afternoon.
3. rains,the rainy season; seasonal rainfall, as in India.
4. weather marked by steady or frequent rainfall: We had rain most of last summer.
5. a heavy and continuous descent or inflicting of anything: a rain of blows; a rain of vituperation.

v.i.
1. (of rain) to fall (usually used impersonally with it as subject): It rained all night.
2. to fall like rain: Tears rained from their eyes.
3. to send down rain: The lightning flashed and the sky rained on us in torrents.

v.t.
1. to send down in great quantities, as small pieces or objects: People on rooftops rained confetti on the parade.
2. to offer, bestow, or give in great quantity: to rain favors upon a person.
3. to deal, hurl, fire, etc., repeatedly: to rain blows on someone's head.
4. rain cats and dogs, Informal.to rain very heavily or steadily: We canceled our picnic because it rained cats and dogs.
5. rain out,to cause, by raining, the cancellation or postponement of a sports event, performance, or the like: The double-header was rained out yesterday.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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