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rainwater

[reyn-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈreɪnˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
noun
1.
water fallen as rain.
Origin of rainwater
1000
before 1000; Middle English rein water, Old English regn-wæter; see rain, water

Rainwater

[reyn-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈreɪnˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
noun
1.
(Leo) James, 1917–86, U.S. physicist: Nobel prize 1975.
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  • The slopes were completely covered with little furrows and gullies where the rainwater had done its work.

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
  • Below this opening was a shallow basin into which the rainwater fell.

  • Then, I remembered that it was a gutter-pipe, that had been put there some years ago, to carry off the rainwater.

    The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
  • "The news with us is, that we're out of rainwater," Rufe replied.

    The Young Surveyor; J. T. Trowbridge
  • In the displuviate, there are beams which slope outwards, supporting the roof and throwing the rainwater off.

  • The water highly prized and sold is the rainwater caught in tanks.

    Shadow and Light Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
  • The drainage of the rainwater downwards through these parts of the island, must, therefore, be large.

  • It is still necessary, as we have said, to preserve all the rainwater possible, for domestic use.

    The Story of Malta Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for rainwater

rainwater

/ˈreɪnˌwɔːtə/
noun
1.
water from rain (as distinguished from spring water, tap water, etc)
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Word Origin and History for rainwater
n.

Old English renwæter; see rain (n.) + water (n.1).

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