rain

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English[edit]

Rain.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English reyn, rein, from Old English reġn, from Proto-Germanic *regnaz (compare West Frisian rein, Dutch regen, German Regen, Danish regn), from pre-Germanic *Hréǵ-no-, from Proto-Indo-European *Hreǵ 'to flow' (compare Latin rigō (wet, soak), Lithuanian rõki (drizzling rain), Albanian rrjedh (to flow, drip)).

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rain (usually uncountable, plural rains)

  1. Condensed water falling from a cloud.
    We've been having a lot of rain lately.
    The rains came late that year.
  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.

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Verb[edit]

rain (third-person singular simple present rains, present participle raining, simple past and past participle rained)

  1. (impersonal) To have rain fall from the sky.
    It will rain today.
  2. To fall as or like rain.
    • Shakespeare
      The rain it raineth every day.
    Tears rained from her eyes.
  3. (intransitive) To fall in large quantities.
    Bombs rained from the sky.
  4. (transitive) To issue (something) in large quantities.
    The boxer rained punches on his opponent's head.

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rain

  1. rōmaji reading of ライン