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[reyn-mey-ker] /ˈreɪnˌmeɪ kər/
(among American Indians) a medicine man who by various rituals and incantations seeks to cause rain.
a person who induces rainfall by using various scientific techniques, as the seeding of clouds with silver iodide crystals from an airplane.
Slang. an executive or lawyer with exceptional ability to attract clients, use political connections, increase profits, etc.:
The president has several rainmakers among his advisers.
1765-75, Americanism; rain + maker
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rainmaking, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for rainmaking


(among Native Americans) a professional practitioner of ritual incantations or other actions intended to cause rain to fall
(informal, mainly US) an influential employee who creates a great deal of business or revenue for his or her firm
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rainmaking, noun
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Word Origin and History for rainmaking



also rain-maker, 1775, in reference to American Indian tribal magicians, from rain (n.) + agent noun of make (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for rainmaking



A powerful and successful representative or agent, esp for a law firm: to a six-figure ''rainmaker'' generating fees for one of the most politically connected law firms in the state (1968+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for rainmaking

any process of increasing the amount of precipitation discharged from a cloud. Primitive methods, such as rain dances or the throwing of pebbles into water, failed to produce rain, but modern techniques of seeding supercooled clouds-that is, those clouds containing liquid water droplets at temperatures below 0 C (32 F)-with frozen carbon dioxide or silver iodide offer some possibility of increasing rainfall amounts.

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