Rain v. t.
1. To pour or shower down from above, like rain from the clouds.
Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. --Ex. xvi. 4.
2. To bestow in a profuse or abundant manner; as, to rain favors upon a person.
Rain, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rained p. pr. & vb. n. Raining.]
1. To fall in drops from the clouds, as water; -- used mostly with it for a nominative; as, it rains.
The rain it raineth every day. --Shak.
2. To fall or drop like water from the clouds; as, tears rained from their eyes.
Rain n. & v. Reign. [Obs.]
Rain n. Water falling in drops from the clouds; the descent of water from the clouds in drops.
Rain is water by the heat of the sun divided into very small parts ascending in the air, till, encountering the cold, it be condensed into clouds, and descends in drops. --Ray.
Fair days have oft contracted wind and rain. --Milton.
Note: ☞ Rain is distinguished from mist by the size of the drops, which are distinctly visible. When water falls in very small drops or particles, it is called mist; and fog is composed of particles so fine as to be not only individually indistinguishable, but to float or be suspended in the air. See Fog, and Mist.
Rain band Meteorol., a dark band in the yellow portion of the solar spectrum near the sodium line, caused by the presence of watery vapor in the atmosphere, and hence sometimes used in weather predictions.
Rain bird Zool., the yaffle, or green woodpecker. [Prov. Eng.] The name is also applied to various other birds, as to Saurothera vetula of the West Indies.
Rain fowl Zool., the channel-bill cuckoo (Scythrops Novae-Hollandiae) of Australia.
Rain gauge, an instrument of various forms for measuring the quantity of rain that falls at any given place in a given time; a pluviometer; an ombrometer.
Rain goose Zool., the red-throated diver, or loon. [Prov. Eng.]
Rain prints Geol., markings on the surfaces of stratified rocks, presenting an appearance similar to those made by rain on mud and sand, and believed to have been so produced.
Rain quail. Zool. See Quail, n., 1.
Rain water, water that has fallen from the clouds in rain.
n 1: water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the
atmosphere [syn: rainfall]
2: drops of fresh water that fall as precipitation from clouds
3: anything happening rapidly or in quick successive; "a rain
of bullets"; "a pelting of insults" [syn: pelting]
v : precipitate as rain; "If it rains much more, we can expect
some flooding" [syn: rain down]
There are three Hebrew words used to denote the rains of
different seasons, (1.) Yoreh (Hos. 6:3), or moreh (Joel 2:23),
denoting the former or the early rain. (2.) Melqosh, the "latter
rain" (Prov. 16:15). (3.) Geshem, the winter rain, "the rains."
The heavy winter rain is mentioned in Gen. 7:12; Ezra 10:9;
Cant. 2:11. The "early" or "former" rains commence in autumn in
the latter part of October or beginning of November (Deut.
11:14; Joel 2:23; comp. Jer. 3:3), and continue to fall heavily
for two months. Then the heavy "winter rains" fall from the
middle of December to March. There is no prolonged fair weather
in Palestine between October and March. The "latter" or spring
rains fall in March and April, and serve to swell the grain then
coming to maturity (Deut. 11:14; Hos. 6:3). After this there is
ordinarily no rain, the sky being bright and cloudless till
October or November.
Rain is referred to symbolically in Deut. 32:2; Ps. 72:6; Isa.
44:3, 4; Hos. 10:12.