follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

rainstorm

[reyn-stawrm] /ˈreɪnˌstɔrm/
noun
1.
a storm with heavy rain.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; rain + storm
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
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

rainstorm

/ˈreɪnˌstɔːm/
noun
1.
a storm with heavy rain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for rainstorm
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for rainstorm

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for rainstorm

11
13
Scrabble Words With Friends