1 /reIn/ noun
1 (U) water that falls in small drops from clouds in the sky: Rain is forecast for tomorrow. | We've had 5 inches of rain in two days! | We got caught in the rain and I'm soaked through. | it looks like rain! spoken (=it is probably going to rain): It looks like rain, so let's go inside. | heavy/light rain (=a large or small amount): There will be heavy rain in most parts of the country. | pour with rain BrE (=to rain very hard): It was pouring with rain as we set off.
2 the rains a period in the year when there is a lot of rain in tropical countries; monsoon: The rains have started early this year.
3 be (as) right as rain spoken to be healthy, especially after you have been ill or had a bad experience
4 (come) rain or shine spoken whatever happens or whatever the weather is like: Don't worry. We'll be there - rain or shine.
5 under a rain of arrows/blows etc being hit by many arrows etc at the same time
—see also: acid rain — rainless adjective 2 verb
1 (I) if it rains, drops of water fall from clouds in the sky: Oh no! It's raining again! | It was raining hard.
2 be rained off BrE be rained out AmE if an event or activity is rained off or rained out, it has to stop because there is too much rain: We were supposed to go to a double header but it was rained out.
3 it never rains but it pours spoken used to say that as soon as one thing goes wrong, a lot of other things go wrong as well
4 it's raining cats and dogs spoken it is raining very hard
rain down phrasal verb (I, T) if something rains down, or is rained down, it falls in large quantities: Tears rained down her cheeks. | The falling chimney rained down dust and stones.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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