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[kloud-burst] /ˈklaʊdˌbɜrst/
a sudden and very heavy rainfall.
Origin of cloudburst
1810-20, Americanism; cloud + burst Unabridged
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  • Must have been a cloudburst, as they call it out in the Rockies, Mr. Mabie says.

    The Outdoor Chums After Big Game Captain Quincy Allen
  • Once black clouds gathered in the distance, to pour out a cloudburst.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • Before we reached the Ford, the rain came down; then more rain came, and then there was a cloudburst.

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
  • "The cloudburst was too much for the dam," he answered regretfully.

    The Thing from the Lake Eleanor M. Ingram
  • It was a cloudburst—a downpour such as Hiram had seldom experienced before.

    Hiram The Young Farmer Burbank L. Todd
  • There had been a cloudburst on a distant mountain and the stream was yellow and turbid.

  • The first awful effects of the cloudburst were passing, and the water was going down slowly but surely.

    The Rover Boys on a Tour Arthur M. Winfield
  • Isn't that pretty nearly what people call a cloudburst, uncle Phaeton?

    The Lost City Joseph E. Badger, Jr.
  • You know what I mean,” she said at the gate; “have you forgotten about the cloudburst?

    Wunpost Dane Coolidge
  • We call every snowstorm a blizzard, every breeze a gale, every shower a cloudburst.

    Reading the Weather Thomas Morris Longstreth
British Dictionary definitions for cloudburst


a heavy downpour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cloudburst

also cloud-burst, 1817, American English, from cloud (n.) + burst (n.). Parallels German Wolkenbruch.

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