Rain falls from above, and people who reign rule from a position above others. They reign over countries and governments, and even over businesses and arts, as in "She used to reign over punk music, always topping the charts."

While reign is a verb when it refers to the actions of a person or group of people, the period of time when they reign is also called a reign, as a noun: "His reign over the rodeo circuit ended when he was tackled by a bull named Princess-Maker." Sometimes a stretch of time is called a reign, even without regard to who was the leader, as in a "reign of peace," or a period of time without war and conflict, in a place or government.

Definitions of reign
  1. noun
    royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
    synonyms: sovereignty
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    scepter, sceptre
    the imperial authority symbolized by a scepter
    type of:
    dominion, rule
    dominance or power through legal authority
  2. noun
    the period during which a monarch is sovereign
    “during the reign of Henry VIII”
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    type of:
    age, historic period
    an era of history having some distinctive feature
  3. noun
    a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful
    “he was helpless under the reign of his egotism”
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    reign of terror
    any period of brutal suppression thought to resemble the Reign of Terror in France
    type of:
    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
  4. verb
    have sovereign power
    “Henry VIII reigned for a long time”
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    type of:
    govern, rule
    exercise authority over; as of nations
  5. verb
    be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
    “Money reigns supreme here”
    synonyms: dominate, predominate, prevail, rule
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    prevail over
    be central or dominant
    outbalance, outweigh, overbalance, preponderate
    weigh more heavily
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