rain1 W2S2 [reın] n
[: Old English; Origin: regn]
1.) [U]
water that falls in small drops from clouds in the sky
a night of wind and rain
in the rain
I left my bicycle out in the rain.
heavy/torrential/pouring rain
(=a lot of rain)
There will be heavy rain in most parts of the country.
The light rain had stopped.
a heavy shower of rain
An inch of rain fell in an hour.
As the first drops of rain fell, they ran for cover.
It was pouring with rain (=it was raining very hard) and Laura only had a thin dress on.
It looks like rain (=there are dark rain clouds) , so let's go inside.
→↑acid rain, rain drop, rainy
2.) the rains
heavy rain that falls during a particular period in the year in tropical countries
= ↑monsoon
Last year, the rains came on time in April.
3.) rain of sth
a large number of things falling or moving through the air together
The archers sent a rain of arrows towards the enemy.
4.) (come) rain or shine
spoken whatever happens or whatever the weather is like
Don't worry. We'll be there - rain or shine.
>rainless adj
right as rain atright1 (9)
rain 2
rain2 v
1.) it rains
if it rains, drops of water fall from clouds in the sky
Outside it was still raining.
It's starting to rain.
rain heavily/hard
It must have rained quite hard last night.
it's raining cats and dogs
spoken (=it is raining very hard)
2.) rain (down) blows/blows rain down
if you rain blows onto someone, you hit them many times
She attacked the man, raining blows on his head and shoulders.
3.) it never rains but it pours
spoken used to say that as soon as one thing goes wrong, a lot of other things go wrong as well
rain down phr v
to fall in large quantities
rain down on
Bombs rained down on the city.
be rained off phr v
if an event or activity is rained off or rained out, it has to stop because there is too much rain
The match was rained off.

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