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rain

  

      n  
1   
a    precipitation from clouds in the form of drops of water, formed by the condensation of water vapour in the atmosphere  
b    a fall of rain; shower  
c    (in combination)  
a raindrop         Related adjs       hyetal       pluvious  
2    a large quantity of anything falling rapidly or in quick succession  
a rain of abuse     
3    (come) rain or shine  
a    regardless of the weather  
b    regardless of circumstances  
4    right as rain     (Brit)  
informal   perfectly all right; perfectly fit  
      vb  
5    intr; with it as subject   to be the case that rain is falling  
6    often with it as subject   to fall or cause to fall like rain  
the lid flew off and popcorn rained on everyone     
7    tr   to bestow in large measure  
to rain abuse on someone     
8    rain cats and dogs         
Informal   to rain heavily; pour  
9    rained off   cancelled or postponed on account of rain,   (U.S. and Canadian term)    rained out     (See also)        rains  
     (Old English regn; related to Old Frisian rein, Old High German regan, Gothic rign)  
  rainless      adj  
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rain  
      n  
1   
a    precipitation from clouds in the form of drops of water, formed by the condensation of water vapour in the atmosphere  
b    a fall of rain; shower  
c    (in combination)  
a raindrop         Related adjs       hyetal       pluvious  
2    a large quantity of anything falling rapidly or in quick succession  
a rain of abuse     
3    (come) rain or shine  
a    regardless of the weather  
b    regardless of circumstances  
4    right as rain     (Brit)  
informal   perfectly all right; perfectly fit  
      vb  
5    intr; with it as subject   to be the case that rain is falling  
6    often with it as subject   to fall or cause to fall like rain  
the lid flew off and popcorn rained on everyone     
7    tr   to bestow in large measure  
to rain abuse on someone     
8    rain cats and dogs  
Informal   to rain heavily; pour  
9    rained off   cancelled or postponed on account of rain,   (U.S. and Canadian term)    rained out     (See also)        rains  
     (Old English regn; related to Old Frisian rein, Old High German regan, Gothic rign)  
  rainless      adj  


acid rain  
      n   rain that contains a high concentration of pollutants, chiefly sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, released into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal or oil  
rain check  
      n  
1      (U.S. and Canadian)   a ticket stub for a baseball or other game that allows readmission on a future date if the event is cancelled because of rain  
2    the deferral of acceptance of an offer, esp., a voucher issued to a customer wishing to purchase a sale item that is temporarily out of stock, enabling him to buy it at the special price when next the item is available  
3    take a rain check  
Informal   to accept the postponement of an offer  
rain gauge  
      n   an instrument for measuring rainfall or snowfall, consisting of a cylinder covered by a funnel-like lid,   (Also called)    pluviometer  
rain shadow  
      n   the relatively dry area on the leeward side of high ground in the path of rain-bearing winds  
rain tree  
      n   a leguminous tree, Samanea saman, native to Central America and widely planted in the tropics for ornament. It has red-and-yellow feathery flowers and pinnate leaves whose leaflets close at the approach of rain  
yellow rain  
      n   a type of yellow precipitation described in parts of SE Asia and alleged by some to be evidence of chemical warfare using mycotoxins  

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rain

  

      n  
1    cloudburst, deluge, downpour, drizzle, fall, precipitation, raindrops, rainfall, showers  
2    deluge, flood, hail, shower, spate, stream, torrent, volley  
      vb  
3    bucket down     (informal)   come down in buckets     (informal)   drizzle, fall, pelt (down), pour, rain cats and dogs     (informal)   shower, teem  
4    deposit, drop, fall, shower, sprinkle  
5    bestow, lavish, pour, shower  

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rain cats and dogs id.
rain very heavily
Idiomatic expression. "The weather was really bad yesterday. It was raining cats and dogs all day."

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
purple dye sprayed by a police water cannon to mark the demonstrators for arrest. The purple substance was dubbed 'purple rain' by the press after an anti-apartheid protest held in Cape Town on September 2, 1989.
exp.
expression used to describe an attempt to organize a difficult or unpredictable situation; trying to coordinate a group of people who tend to act chaotically
[Bus.] E.g: Some say that managing a team is herding cats.
n.
distinctive scent that accompanies the rain and rises up from the ground especially after a period of warm and dry weather
Ex.: And we could smell the scent of wheat and petrichor rising up in the air as a silent clamour.
n.
a mess, a failure
[Slang];[UK] it comes from the cooking domain where the phrase described a dish that was not tasty enough and therefore thrown away to dogs
n.
something or someone that is regarded as outstanding, extremely good ; the best ; the cream ; the quintessence ; the jewel ; the top ; the bee's knees ; the cat's pyjamas
[UK];[Slang] Refers to the dog's habit of licking its testicles. By extension (and not without humor) the latter probably taste good! Ex: Among their albums,"master of puppets" is likely the dog's bullocks!
exp.
expression used for pointing out that, if you love someone, you accept also things and people dear to the person you love
n.
award for the best dog in a dog show
At French dog shows they use the English expression
n.
sentence containing all letters of a given alphabet at least once.The canonical example in English is: 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog'.
A perfect pangram contains each letter of the alphabet just once and thus is far more difficult to come up with. The best seems to be: 'Mr. Jock, TV quiz PhD, bags few lynx'.
exp.
the best, the dog's bollocks , the bee's knees
exp.
the duck's nuts, the best, the dog's bollocks
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