1 a brief period of rain, hail, sleet, or snow
2 a sudden abundant fall or downpour, as of tears, sparks, or light
3 a rush; outpouring
a shower of praise
a a kind of bath in which a person stands upright and is sprayed with water from a nozzle
b the room, booth, etc., containing such a bath, (Full name)
slang a derogatory term applied to a person or group, esp. to a group considered as being slack, untidy, etc.
6 (U.S., Canadian, Austral., and N.Z.) a party held to honour and present gifts to a person, as to a prospective bride
7 a large number of particles formed by the collision of a cosmic-ray particle with a particle in the atmosphere
8 (N.Z.) a light fabric cover thrown over a tea table to protect the food from flies, dust, etc.
9 tr to sprinkle or spray with or as if with a shower
shower the powder into the milk
10 often with it as subject to fall or cause to fall in the form of a shower
11 tr to give (gifts, etc.) in abundance or present (a person) with (gifts, etc.)
they showered gifts on him
12 intr to take a shower
(Old English scur; related to Old Norse skur, Old High German skur shower, Latin caurus northwest wind)
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