rain

Rain is what makes you go running for your umbrella. It's that water that comes down from sky when the dark clouds roll in.

You can also use rain as a verb — as in the expression "Don't rain on my parade," which means don't ruin my good time by giving me bad news. You can also describe anything that comes down quickly and in quantity as something that rains down. On New Year's Eve, confetti rains down in Times Square. If you're unfortunate enough to find yourself in a war zone, you might hear bombs raining down around you.

Definitions of rain
  1. noun
    water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphere
    synonyms: rainfall
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    rainstorm
    a storm with rain
    cloudburst, deluge, downpour, pelter, soaker, torrent, waterspout
    a heavy rain
    drizzle, mizzle
    very light rain; stronger than mist but less than a shower
    rain shower, shower
    a brief period of precipitation
    monsoon
    heavy rains accompanied by wind, typical of the rainy season in southern Asia
    equinoctial storm, line storm
    a violent rainstorm near the time of an equinox
    thundershower
    a short rainstorm accompanied by thunder and lightning
    scattering, sprinkle, sprinkling
    a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby
    type of:
    downfall, precipitation
    the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)
  2. noun
    drops of fresh water that fall as precipitation from clouds
    synonyms: rainwater
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    fresh water, freshwater
    water that is not salty
  3. noun
    anything happening rapidly or in quick successive
    synonyms: pelting
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    chronological sequence, chronological succession, sequence, succession, successiveness
    a following of one thing after another in time
  4. verb
    precipitate as rain
    “If it rains much more, we can expect some flooding”
    synonyms: rain down
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    drizzle, mizzle
    rain lightly
    shower, shower down
    rain abundantly
    patter, pitter-patter, spatter, spit, sprinkle
    rain gently
    pelt, pour, rain buckets, rain cats and dogs, stream
    rain heavily
    sheet
    come down as if in sheets
    sluice, sluice down
    pour as if from a sluice
    type of:
    come down, fall, precipitate
    fall from clouds
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