Rain
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Rain
See also: Rain, ràin, and räin

English

Rain falling

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Middle English reyn, rein, from Old English r?n, re?n ("rain"), from Proto-Germanic *regn? ("rain") (compare West Frisian rein, Dutch regen, German Regen, Danish and Norwegian regn), of uncertain origin. Possibly from pre-Germanic *Hré?-no-, from Proto-Indo-European *Hre?- ("to flow") (compare Latin rig? ("wet, soak"), Lithuanian rõki ("drizzling rain"), Albanian rrjedh ("to flow, drip")), although the consonant reflexes don't match.

Pronunciation

Noun

rain (usually uncountable, plural rains)

  1. Condensed water falling from a cloud.
    We've been having a lot of rain lately.
    The rains came late that year.
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      This process involves cloud seeding - when various substances are put into clouds in an attempt to cause rain.
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  2. (figurative) Any matter moving or falling, usually through air, and especially if liquid or otherwise figuratively identifiable with raindrops.
  3. (figurative) An instance of particles or larger pieces of matter moving or falling through air.
    A rain of mortar fire fell on our trenches.

Usage notes

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Synonyms

Derived terms

Descendants

  • Sranan Tongo: alen

Translations

See rain/translations § Noun.

Verb

rain (third-person singular simple present rains, present participle raining, simple past and past participle rained)

  1. (impersonal) To have rain fall from the sky.
    It will rain today.
  2. (intransitive) To fall as or like rain.
    It will rain fire and brimstone at the end of days.
    Tears rained from her eyes.
    Leaves rained from the tree.
    Bombs rained from the sky.
  3. (transitive) To issue (something) in large quantities.
    The boxer rained punches on his opponent's head.
  4. (obsolete) To reign.

Derived terms

Translations

See rain/translations § Verb.

See also

Anagrams


Japanese

Romanization

rain

  1. R?maji transcription of

Kavalan

Noun

rain

  1. waves in the open sea

Sera

Noun

rain

  1. water

References

  • Terry Crowley, Claire Bowern, An Introduction to Historical Linguistics (2010, ->ISBN, page 333
  • Stephen Adolphe Wurm, New Guinea Area Languages and Language Study (1976)

Sissano

Noun

rain

  1. water

References

  • Stephen Adolphe Wurm, New Guinea Area Languages and Language Study (1976)
  • John Nystrom, Sissano Organised Phonology Data (1992) (as rayn several times in a story; compare ranrayn "wet")

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