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Meaning of RAIN

Pronunciation:  reyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  anything happening rapidly or in quick successive; "a rain of bullets"; "a pelting of insults"
  2. [n]  water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphere
  3. [n]  drops of fresh water that fall as precipitation from clouds
  4. [v]  precipitate as rain; "If it rains much more, we can expect some flooding"

RAIN is a 4 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: pelting, rain down, rainfall, rainwater
 See Also: chronological sequence, chronological succession, cloudburst, come down, deluge, downfall, downpour, drizzle, drizzle, fall, fresh water, mizzle, mizzle, monsoon, patter, pelt, pelter, pitter-patter, pour, precipitate, precipitation, rain buckets, rain cats and dogs, rain shower, raindrop, rainstorm, sequence, shower, shower, shower down, soaker, spatter, spit, sprinkle, stream, succession, successiveness, torrent, waterspout



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rain\, n. & v.
    Reign. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  2. \Rain\, n. [OF. rein, AS. regen; akin to OFries. rein, D. &
    G. regen, OS. & OHG. regan, Icel., Dan., & Sw. regn, Goth.
    rign, and prob. to L. rigare to water, to wet; cf. Gr. ? to
    wet, to rain.]
    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} (Zo["o]l.), 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} (Zo["o]l.), the channel-bill cuckoo ({Scythrops
       Nov[ae]-Hollandi[ae]}) of Australia.
    {Rain gauge}, an instrument of various forms measuring the
       quantity of rain that falls at any given place in a given
       time; a pluviometer; an ombrometer.
    {Rain goose} (Zo["o]l.), 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
    {Rain quail}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Quail}, n., 1.
    {Rain water}, water that has fallen from the clouds in rain.
  3. \Rain\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rained}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Raining}.] [AS. regnian, akin to G. regnen, Goth. rignjan.
    See {Rain}, n.]
    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.
  4. \Rain\, v. t.
    1. To pour or shower down from above, like rain from the
             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.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you get wet from the rain means that you will soon be cleansed from your troubles and problems. Rain also symbolizes fertility and renewal. Seeing and hear rain falling, symbolizes forgiveness and grace. Dreaming that you are watching the rain from a window indicates that spiritual ideas and insights are being brought to you awareness. It may also symbolize fortune and love. Hearing the tapping of the rain on the roof indicates spiritual ideas and blessings coming to mind. It may also suggests that you will receive much joy from your home life.
Easton Bible Dictionary

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.