- 1Moisture condensed from the atmosphere that falls visibly in separate drops: the rain had not stopped for days it’s pouring rainMore example sentences
- Winter storms normally bring ordinary rain, freezing rain and sleet as well as snow.
- Weather effects like sand storms or heavy rain and snowfall shorten your units' line of sight and cut their air supply.
- Before long, heavy drops of rain began to pour on the barren landscape.
- 1.1 (rains) Falls of rain: the plants were washed away by some unusually heavy rainsMore example sentences
- The drought loosened its grip in the southeastern States in November, and more emphatically so in January 1941, when heavy rains fell.
- Good general rains fell in 1996, easing the situation until the onset of the next El Niño in 1997.
- A high precipitation super-cell produces very heavy rains, large hail, downbursts and tornadoes.
- 1.2 [in singular] A large or overwhelming quantity of things that fall or descend: he fell under the rain of blowsMore example sentences
- Within moments, all ran for cover as a rain of debris began falling.
- The Cityboys formed a rough circle, ignoring the rain of lead that fell on them from above.
- His hand went up to his face and before he had a chance to wonder what had caused it, a rain of small pebbles fell from the sky.
verb[no object] (it rains, it is raining, etc.) Back to top
- 1Rain falls: it was beginning to rainMore example sentences
- Rainy season really started with a vengeance today, so the walk to the station was a little damp as it was raining and humid.
- Water comes through the windows when it is raining.
- Sarah's lungs and immune system still have not developed properly and she is not allowed outside while it is raining, in case she catches pneumonia.
- 1.1 • literary (Of the sky, the clouds, etc.) send down rain.More example sentences
- I have an image of my house with a small cloud continuously raining over it like the house where the Munster's lived.
- I kept staring up, my head bent back and stared as the smoky gray clouds rained on me.
- Farther away, they could see a low patch of clouds in the sky that was raining.
- 1.2 [with adverbial of direction] (Of objects) fall in large or overwhelming quantities: bombs rained downMore example sentences
- As the bombs rained down I instinctively dropped to ground, the kids immediately followed suit.
- But the next assault is just around the corner, and the band's talent for stringing out the quiet moments makes the next shower of blows rain down even harder.
- Blows rained down on me from all sides and I fell to the floor under a merciless avalanche of abuse.
- 1.3 [with object] (it rains ——, it is raining ——, etc.) Used to convey that a specified thing is falling in large or overwhelming quantities: it was just raining glassMore example sentences
- Along with the gusty winds, torrential rains and the punishing power shutdowns, it rained snakes of all sizes and colours on the city.
- Above was nothing, but a pale pink glow even as it rained flowers.
- This night couldn't get any better if it rained rubies and diamonds.
- 1.4 [with object] Send down in large or overwhelming quantities: she rained blows onto himMore example sentences
- The CCTV images show him desperately trying to defend himself as blows are rained down on his head by a man wielding a 4ft pickaxe handle.
- An elderly couple who fought off a gang of masked robbers at their home say they feared for their lives as the attackers rained blows on them with baseball bats.
- Petrol bombs, paint bombs and blast bombs were rained down on officers and many surrounding towns.
when it rains it pours
- see pour.
rain cats and dogs
- Rain very hard.[origin uncertain; first recorded in 1738, used by Jonathan Swift, but the phrase rain dogs and polecats was used a century earlier in Richard Brome's The City Witt]More example sentences
- ‘It'll be raining cats and dogs in a minute ‘she muttered to herself.’
- The first barricaded suspect situation I attended was, as I recall, on a dark and stormy night, in fact it was raining cats and dogs.
- It was raining cats and dogs, and my bike had died on me.
rain on someone's parade
- • informal Prevent someone from enjoying an occasion or event; spoil someone’s plans.More example sentences
- The space agency is anxiously awaiting its first manned flight in two and a half years, but will weather rain on NASA's parade?
- I didn't want to rain on his parade, so I kept my mouth shut about my frustrated dream of becoming a marine biologist.
- We're not raining on your parade just because it's illegal; it's also dangerous for your computer.
(come) rain or shine
- Whether it rains or not: he runs six miles every morning, rain or shineMore example sentences
- There are any number of good medicine walks right at the front door, flat, easy going and devastatingly beautiful in any weather, rain or shine.
- He found it amusing to see people rush throughout their daily lives and hardly stop to appreciate the day, weather rain or shine.
- They play every Sunday morning, rain or shine, often getting more people out playing when the weather's bad than good.
be rained out
- (Of an event) be terminated or canceled because of rain: the tournament was rained outMore example sentences
- We went to an amazing backyard pool at dusk only to be severely rained out.
- I didn't know at the time that the ballgame was rained out.
- The game on April 8 was rained out.
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- The river is more a stream, eventually splitting into marshy islets and after such a rainless spring was bone dry for a mile of so.
- The desert sand provides a soft base for delicate asparagus spears, while the warm, rainless coastal climate enables farmers to control moisture and fertilizer.
- The long period of hot, sultry, humid, rainless weather has finally broken this morning, with a long, rumbling storm.
Old English regn (noun), regnian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch regen and German Regen.