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[doun-pawr, -pohr] /ˈdaʊnˌpɔr, -ˌpoʊr/
a heavy, drenching rain.
Origin of downpour
1805-15; down1 + pour Unabridged
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  • It all ended in rain-a downpour on shore that erased all of it so quickly.
  • For fifteen minutes it showered down beams of light, giving the effect of a downpour of rain.
  • Shortly after the discovery of the vehicle, a heavy downpour of rain began which hampered investigative and search efforts.
  • All it takes is a torrential downpour or a sustained period of rain.
  • Rain brings this oil back to the surface, making roads especially slippery during that first hour of downpour or misting.
  • To check the roof: get into the attic or whatever crawlspace exists with a flashlight during a heavy downpour.
  • But already this week, a pre-monsoon downpour leaked into hundreds of shelters.
  • As the party laid out a picnic, a sudden downpour sent its members scurrying for cover.
  • He often follows storm fronts, shooting right after a downpour when particulates have been washed out of the air.
  • After a rare downpour langurs seek shelter from a fleeting desert waterfall.
British Dictionary definitions for downpour


a heavy continuous fall of rain
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Word Origin and History for downpour

1811, from down (adv.) + pour.

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