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[reyn-stawrm] /ˈreɪnˌstɔrm/
a storm with heavy rain.
Origin of rainstorm
1810-20; rain + storm Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rainstorm
  • It wasn't a rainstorm that residents battened down for, but mob reprisals.
  • The shepherd had made the discovery by chance while seeking shelter from a rainstorm decades ago.
  • However, the animals are easy to find in a rainstorm, since their upturned noses catch water and cause them to sneeze.
  • The flight lands in a rainstorm of mist and scattered drip-drops.
  • Then came a rainstorm with gusts that nearly ripped his shelter from the ground.
  • Or an intense, deadly rainstorm never shows up in a monthly average rainfall tally.
  • If they don't put enough into the cloud, they could end up creating a rainstorm rather than preventing one, he says.
  • If you don't believe that's true, try driving a solar car through a big rainstorm.
  • It is a ratio that can flummox, particularly during a rainstorm at rush hour.
  • When his tribe discovers what he has done, they tie him to the stake, but a rainstorm puts out the fire.
British Dictionary definitions for rainstorm


a storm with heavy rain
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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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