Meaning of SHOWER in English


n. & v.


1. a brief fall of esp. rain, hail, sleet, or snow.

2 a a brisk flurry of arrows, bullets, dust, stones, sparks, etc. b a similar flurry of gifts, letters, honours, praise, etc.

3 (in full shower-bath) a a cubicle, bath, etc. in which one stands under a spray of water. b the apparatus etc. used for this. c the act of bathing in a shower.

4 a group of particles initiated by a cosmic-ray particle in the earth's atmosphere.

5 US a party for giving presents to a prospective bride, etc.

6 Brit. sl. a contemptible or unpleasant person or group of people.


1. tr. discharge (water, missiles, etc.) in a shower.

2 intr. use a shower-bath.

3 tr. (usu. foll. by on, upon) lavishly bestow (gifts etc.).

4 intr. descend or come in a shower (it showered on and off all day).


showery adj.

Etymology: OE scur f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.