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rain

rain

 
pronunciation:
reIn
parts of speech:
noun, verb
phrases:
rain cats and dogs
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: drops of water that form in the clouds and fall from the sky to the earth.
The heavy rain drowned many plants in our garden.
synonyms:
precipitation, rainfall
definition 2: a fast and steady fall of anything.
The soldier tried to protect himself from the rain of arrows.
synonyms:
shower
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: rained, raining, rains
definition 1: to come down as water from the clouds (used with subject "it").
It was raining hard, and we got all wet walking home.
similar words:
drizzle, mist, pour, precipitate, sprinkle, storm
definition 2: to fall in the manner of rain.
The soda machine broke, and coins rained out all over the floor.
similar words:
descend, fall, hail, pour
definition 3: to pour forth or send down.
My mother rained affection on us.
similar words:
pour
phrase: rain cats and dogs
derivation: rainless (adj.)
Homophone Note
The words rain, reign, and rein sound alike but have different meanings. To find out why a wild horse prefers rain to reins, look up rein.
Word Builder: rain +
  • raincoat:
    a coat you wear when it rains to protect you from water.
  • rainfall:
    the amount of rain that falls.
  • rainy:
    having a lot of rain.
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