Meaning of RAIN in English


I. ˈrān noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English reyn, from Old English regn, rēn; akin to Old High German regan rain

Date: before 12th century


a. : water falling in drops condensed from vapor in the atmosphere

b. : the descent of this water

c. : water that has fallen as rain : rainwater


a. : a fall of rain : rainstorm

b. plural : the rainy season

3. : rainy weather

4. : a heavy fall

a rain of arrows

II. verb

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb

1. : to send down rain

2. : to fall as water in drops from the clouds

3. : to fall like rain

soot and ash rain ed down

transitive verb

1. : to pour down

2. : to give or administer abundantly

rain ed blows on his head

- rain cats and dogs

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.