Rain

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English[edit]

Rain falling

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: rān, IPA(key): /ɹeɪn/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪn
  • Homophones: reign, rein

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Englishreyn, rein, from Old Englishrēn, reġn(rain), from Proto-West Germanic*regn, from Proto-Germanic*regną(rain) (compare West Frisianrein, Dutchregen, GermanRegen, Danish and Norwegianregn), of uncertain origin. Possibly from pre-Germanic*Hréǵ-no-, from Proto-Indo-European*Hreǵ-(to flow) (compare Latinrigō(wet, soak), Lithuanianrõki(drizzling rain), Albanianrrjedh(to flow, drip)), although the consonant reflexes don't match.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • rayne, raygne (obsolete)

Noun[edit]

rain (usually uncountable, pluralrains)

  1. Condensed water falling from a cloud.
    We've been having a lot of rain lately.
    The rains came late that year.
    • 2019, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      This process involves cloud seeding – when various substances are put into clouds in an attempt to cause rain.
      Audio (US)
  2. (figuratively) Any matter moving or falling, usually through air, and especially if liquid or otherwise figuratively identifiable with raindrops.
  3. (figuratively) An instance of particles or larger pieces of matter moving or falling through air.
    A rain of mortar fire fell on our trenches.
Usage notes[edit]
  • shower, downpour, drop are some of the words used to count rain.
Synonyms[edit]
Rain
  • See also Thesaurus:hydrometeor
Derived terms[edit]
  • Also see terms derived from the verb
  • rain check, raincheck, rain cheque
  • rainsoaked, rain-soaked
Descendants[edit]
  • Sranan Tongo: alen
Translations[edit]

See rain/translations § Noun.

Verb[edit]

rain (third-person singular simple presentrains, present participleraining, simple past and past participlerained)

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  1. (impersonal) To have rain fall from the sky.
    It will rain today.
  2. (intransitive) To fall as or like rain.
    It will rain fire and brimstone at the end of days.
    • c.1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: []Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act V, scene i]:
    Tears rained from her eyes.
    Leaves rained from the tree.
    Bombs rained from the sky.
  3. (transitive) To issue (something) in large quantities.
    The boxer rained punches on his opponent's head.
Derived terms[edit]
  • Also see terms derived from the noun
  • rain cats and dogs, rain dogs and cats
Translations[edit]

See rain/translations § Verb.

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

Rain

rain (third-person singular simple presentrains, present participleraining, simple past and past participlerained)

  1. Obsolete form of reign.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene.[], London: [] [John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, , book 1, canto 5:
      Such wondrous science in mans witt to rain.

See also[edit]

Anagrams[edit]

  • ARIN, Arin, Iran, Irân, Irān, NIRA, Nair, RNAi, Rani, Rian, Rina, arni, rani

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

rain

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ライン

Rain Barrels

Kavalan[edit]

Noun[edit]

rain

  1. waves in the opensea

Sera[edit]

Noun[edit]

rain

References[edit]

  • Terry Crowley, Claire Bowern, An Introduction to Historical Linguistics (2010, →ISBN, page 333
  • Stephen Adolphe Wurm, New Guinea Area Languages and Language Study (1976)

Sissano[edit]

Noun[edit]

rain

References[edit]

Rainbow Six Siege

  • Stephen Adolphe Wurm, New Guinea Area Languages and Language Study (1976)
  • John Nystrom, Sissano Organised Phonology Data (1992) (as rayn several times in a story; compare ranrayn 'wet')

Rain Chain

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