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Rainier

[ruh-neer, rey-, rey-neer] /rəˈnɪər, reɪ-, ˈreɪ nɪər/
noun
1.
Mount, a volcanic peak in W Washington, in the Cascade Range. 14,408 feet (4392 meters).

rainy

[rey-nee] /ˈreɪ ni/
adjective, rainier, rainiest.
1.
characterized by rain:
rainy weather; a rainy region.
2.
wet with rain:
rainy streets.
3.
bringing rain:
rainy clouds.
Origin of rainy
1000
before 1000; Middle English reyny, Old English rēnig. See rain, -y1
Related forms
rainily, adverb
raininess, noun
unrainy, adjective

Rainier III

[rey-neer, re-, ruh-; French re-nyey] /reɪˈnɪər, rɛ-, rə-; French rɛˈnyeɪ/
noun
1.
Rainier Louis Henri Maxence Bertrand de Grimaldi [lwee ahn-ree mak-sahns ber-trahn duh gree-mal dee] /lwi ɑ̃ˈri makˈsɑ̃s bɛrˈtrɑ̃ də gri mal ˈdi/ (Show IPA), Prince of Monaco, 1923–2005, reigning prince of Monaco 1949–2005.
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  • Olivine occurs in certain of the Rainier lavas, in stout prisms somewhat rounded and often with reddened borders.

    Mount Rainier Various
  • But Rainier surpasses them all in height, bulk, and majesty.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • Often Rainier withdraws his presence altogether behind the horizon mists; even a few miles away no hint betrays his existence.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • Often Rainier's summit is lost in mists and clouds, and there is no view.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • Can you imagine a mountain moving off into the sea—the Jungfrau, or Blanc, or Rainier?

    Quiet Talks on Prayer S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon
  • The volcanic rocks of Rainier are of varying color and texture.

    Mount Rainier Various
  • High above all, Mt. Rainier lifts his white crown unbroken to the only majesty above him, the sky.

    The Columbia River William Denison Lyman
  • Higher on the slopes of Rainier a more marked ridge of granite was traced.

    Mount Rainier Various
  • Gibraltar is a portion of the cone of Rainier built before the explosion which truncated the mountain.

    Mount Rainier Various
British Dictionary definitions for Rainier

Rainier

/ˈreɪnɪə; reɪˈnɪə; rə-/
noun
1.
Mount Rainier, a mountain in W Washington State: the highest mountain in the state and in the Cascade Range. Height: 4392 m (14 410 ft)

Rainier III

/ˈreɪnɪˌeɪ; French rɛnje/
noun
1.
full name Rainier Louis Henri Maxence Bertrand de Grimaldi. 1923–2005, ruling prince of Monaco from 1949. He married (1956) the US actress Grace Kelly (1929–82)

rainy

/ˈreɪnɪ/
adjective rainier, rainiest
1.
characterized by a large rainfall: a rainy climate
2.
wet or showery; bearing rain
Derived Forms
rainily, adverb
raininess, noun
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Word Origin and History for Rainier

rainy

adj.

Old English renig; see rain (n.) + -y (2).

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