shower-bath

shower

1 [shou-er]
noun
1.
a brief fall of rain or, sometimes, of hail or snow.
2.
Also called shower bath. a bath in which water is sprayed on the body, usually from an overhead perforated nozzle (showerhead)
3.
the apparatus for this or the room or stall enclosing it.
4.
a large supply or quantity: a shower of wealth.
5.
a party given for a bestowal of presents of a specific kind, especially such a party for a prospective bride or prospective mother: a linen shower; a baby shower.
6.
a fall of many objects, as tears, sparks, or missiles.
7.
Astronomy, air shower.
8.
showers, a room or area equipped with several showerheads or stalls for use by a number of people at the same time.
verb (used with object)
9.
to bestow liberally or lavishly.
10.
to deluge (a person) with gifts, favors, etc.: She was showered with gifts on her birthday.
11.
to bathe (oneself) in a shower bath.
verb (used without object)
12.
to rain in a shower.
13.
to take a shower bath.
Idioms
14.
send to the showers, Baseball.
a.
to replace (a pitcher) during a game, usually because he or she is ineffective: The coach sent him to the showers after he walked three batters in a row.
b.
to cause (a pitcher) to be replaced in a game, as by getting many hits off him or her; knock out of the box: Two home runs and a line-drive double sent her to the showers.

Origin:
before 950; Middle English shour (noun), Old English scūr; cognate with German Schauer, Old Norse skūr, Gothic skūra

showerless, adjective
showerlike, adjective
unshowered, adjective
unshowering, adjective
well-showered, adjective


4. flood, deluge, torrent, stream.
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shower1 (ˈʃaʊə)
 
n
1.  a brief period of rain, hail, sleet, or snow
2.  a sudden abundant fall or downpour, as of tears, sparks, or light
3.  a rush; outpouring: a shower of praise
4.  a.  a kind of bath in which a person stands upright and is sprayed with water from a nozzle
 b.  Full name: shower bath the room, booth, etc, containing such a bath
5.  slang (Brit) a derogatory term applied to a person or group, esp to a group considered as being slack, untidy, etc
6.  (US), (Canadian), (Austral), (NZ) a party held to honour and present gifts to a person, as to a prospective bride
7.  a large number of particles formed by the collision of a cosmic-ray particle with a particle in the atmosphere
8.  (NZ) a light fabric cover thrown over a tea table to protect the food from flies, dust, etc
 
vb (often with it as subject)
9.  (tr) to sprinkle or spray with or as if with a shower: shower the powder into the milk
10.  to fall or cause to fall in the form of a shower
11.  (tr) to give (gifts, etc) in abundance or present (a person) with (gifts, etc): they showered gifts on him
12.  (intr) to take a shower
 
[Old English scūr; related to Old Norse skūr, Old High German skūr shower, Latin caurus northwest wind]
 
'showery1
 
adj

shower2 (ˈʃəʊə)
 
n
a person or thing that shows

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shower
O.E. scur "short fall of rain, fall of missiles or blows," from W.Gmc. *skuraz (cf. O.N. skur, O.S., O.H.G. scur, Ger. Schauer, Goth. skura, in skura windis "windstorm"), from base *skuro, from PIE base *kew-(e)ro- "north, north wind" (cf. L. caurus "northwest wind;" O.C.S. severu "north, north wind;"
Lith. siaurus "raging, stormy," siaurys "north wind," siaure "north"). Sense of "shower bath" first recorded 1851. The verb is from 1573. Meaning "large number of gifts bestowed on a bride" (1904, Amer.Eng. colloquial) later was extended to the party at which it happens (1926).
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