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[reyn-stawrm] /ˈreɪnˌstɔrm/
a storm with heavy rain.
Origin of rainstorm
1810-20; rain + storm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Only the weather she cannot control, and the pathetic drama was played appropriately though inconveniently in a rainstorm.

    Major Prophets of To-Day Edwin E. Slosson
  • An hour ago a rainstorm would have been a minor catastrophe.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • Unfortunately, he started off home before it was dry, and was caught in a rainstorm.

  • Water was dripping everywhere as from umbrellas in a rainstorm.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • All I have that might protect you I offer free, and that's this good umbrella that was given to me in a rainstorm by a priest.

    Three Wonder Plays Lady I. A. Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for rainstorm


a storm with heavy rain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rainstorm

1804, from rain (n.) + storm (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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