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I am like Howard Beale. When he came out of the rain and he was like, none of this makes any sense. I am that guy.
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Meaning of "rain" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD RAIN

Old English regn; related to Old Frisian rein, Old High German regan, Gothic rign.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF RAIN

rain  [reɪn] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF RAIN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Rain is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb rain in English.

WHAT DOES RAIN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

rain

Rain

Rain is liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapor and then precipitated—that is, become heavy enough to fall under gravity. Rain is a major component of the water cycle and is responsible for depositing most of the fresh water on the Earth. It provides suitable conditions for many types of ecosystems, as well as water for hydroelectric power plants and crop irrigation. The major cause of rain production is moisture moving along three-dimensional zones of temperature and moisture contrasts known as weather fronts. If enough moisture and upward motion is present, precipitation falls from convective clouds such as cumulonimbus which can organize into narrow rainbands. In mountainous areas, heavy precipitation is possible where upslope flow is maximized within windward sides of the terrain at elevation which forces moist air to condense and fall out as rainfall along the sides of mountains. On the leeward side of mountains, desert climates can exist due to the dry air caused by downslope flow which causes heating and drying of the air mass.

Definition of rain in the English dictionary

The first definition of rain in the dictionary is precipitation from clouds in the form of drops of water, formed by the condensation of water vapour in the atmosphere. Other definition of rain is a fall of rain; shower. Rain is also a large quantity of anything falling rapidly or in quick succession.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO RAIN

PRESENT

Present
I rain
you rain
he/she/it rains
we rain
you rain
they rain
Present continuous
I am raining
you are raining
he/she/it is raining
we are raining
you are raining
they are raining
Present perfect
I have rained
you have rained
he/she/it has rained
we have rained
you have rained
they have rained
Present perfect continuous
I have been raining
you have been raining
he/she/it has been raining
we have been raining
you have been raining
they have been raining
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I rained
you rained
he/she/it rained
we rained
you rained
they rained
Past continuous
I was raining
you were raining
he/she/it was raining
we were raining
you were raining
they were raining
Past perfect
I had rained
you had rained
he/she/it had rained
we had rained
you had rained
they had rained
Past perfect continuous
I had been raining
you had been raining
he/she/it had been raining
we had been raining
you had been raining
they had been raining
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will rain
you will rain
he/she/it will rain
we will rain
you will rain
they will rain
Future continuous
I will be raining
you will be raining
he/she/it will be raining
we will be raining
you will be raining
they will be raining
Future perfect
I will have rained
you will have rained
he/she/it will have rained
we will have rained
you will have rained
they will have rained
Future perfect continuous
I will have been raining
you will have been raining
he/she/it will have been raining
we will have been raining
you will have been raining
they will have been raining
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would rain
you would rain
he/she/it would rain
we would rain
you would rain
they would rain
Conditional continuous
I would be raining
you would be raining
he/she/it would be raining
we would be raining
you would be raining
they would be raining
Conditional perfect
I would have rain
you would have rain
he/she/it would have rain
we would have rain
you would have rain
they would have rain
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been raining
you would have been raining
he/she/it would have been raining
we would have been raining
you would have been raining
they would have been raining
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you rain
we let´s rain
you rain
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to rain
Past participle
rained
Present Participle
raining
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH RAIN


Bahrain
bɑːˈreɪn
brain
breɪn
campaign
kæmˈpeɪn
chain
tʃeɪn
contain
kənˈteɪn
domain
dəˈmeɪn
explain
ɪkˈspleɪn
gain
ɡeɪn
jane
dʒeɪn
lain
leɪn
lane
leɪn
main
meɪn
Maine
meɪn
maintain
meɪnˈteɪn
obtain
əbˈteɪn
pain
peɪn
plain
pleɪn
plane
pleɪn
remain
rɪˈmeɪn
sean
seɪn

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE RAIN

raiment
rain belt
rain cats and dogs
rain check
rain cloud
rain dance
rain gauge
rain hood
rain on someone´s parade
rain or shine
rain shadow
rain shower
rain tree
rainband
rainbird
rainbow
rainbow bird
Rainbow Bridge
rainbow coalition
rainbow flag

WORDS THAT END LIKE RAIN

again
ain
bargain
Britain
captain
certain
drain
ever and again
fountain
grain
Hussain
in the main
in the public domain
mountain
over again
retain
Spain
strain
terrain
train

Synonyms and antonyms of rain in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «RAIN»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «rain» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of rain

Translation of «rain» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF RAIN

Find out the translation of rain to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of rain from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «rain» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

lluvia
570 millions of speakers

English

rain
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बारिश
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مَطَر
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

дождь
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

chuva
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বৃষ্টি
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

pluie
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

hujan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Regen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Udan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

mưa
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மழை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

पाऊस
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

yağmur
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

pioggia
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

deszcz
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

дощ
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ploaie
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

βροχή
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

reën
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

regn
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

regn
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of rain

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «RAIN»

The term «rain» is very widely used and occupies the 169 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «RAIN» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «rain» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «rain» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about rain

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «RAIN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word rain.
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Diane Ackerman
When a hurricane thrashes the mid-Atlantic, my hilly town often reaps the fringe of the storm. The rain starts blowing sideways, and sometimes we see hail the size of purie marbles.
2
Manal al-Sharif
The rain begins with a single drop.
3
Hosea Ballou
Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.
4
Saint Basil
Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.
5
Glenn Beck
I am like Howard Beale. When he came out of the rain and he was like, none of this makes any sense. I am that guy.
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Ed Begley, Jr.
We run around so much - with the best intentions: I want to save the rain forest. I've gotta clean up the oceans. I've gotta save the dolphins. All worthy efforts, but if you're not centered and you don't have the serenity in your life you need to accomplish that task, you're not going to do a very good job.
7
Honor Blackman
My father was in the civil service. I can remember standing in a bus shelter in the pouring rain, and that we were allowed candy floss at the end of the holiday if we had behaved.
8
Jonathan Carroll
Salzburg... is a mountain town with a rushing river running right through the center, everything in the rain various shades of green and brown.
9
Gilbert K. Chesterton
And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.
10
Frank A. Clark
Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «RAIN»

Discover the use of rain in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to rain and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Rain
RAIN ALREADY KNOWS HOW HARD LIFE CAN BE. BUT SHE IS ABOUT TO DISCOVER A SHATTERING SECRET FROM THE PAST THAT WILL CHANGE HER FUTURE FOREVER.
V.C. Andrews, 2011
2
The Gift of Rain
An epic novel nominated for the Man Booker Prize, this epic debut tells the story of a young man's perilous journey through the betrayals of war and into manhood.
Tan Twan Eng, 2009
3
Rain of Gold
In Rain of Gold, Victor Villasenor weaves the parallel stories of two families and two countries…bringing us the timeless romance between the volatile bootlegger who would become his father and the beautiful Lupe, his mother–men and ...
‎1992
4
The Art of Racing in the Rain
A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a ...
Garth Stein, 2009
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Rain
Describes rain, its characteristics, how it is formed, and its effects on the Earth.
Elizabeth Miles, 2005
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Rain
The debut of an astonishing new literary talent, Rain proves that Gunn is already a master of her craft.
Kirsty Gunn, 1996
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Rain
Illustrations and simple text explain what rain is, how it is used by plants, birds, and people, and the importance of clean water.
Marion Dane Bauer, 2004
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Rain: Poems
A collection of poems--addressed to the rain and the sea, to the poet's young sons or beloved friends--never shy from their inquiry into truth and lie and serve both to expose readers to the unsettling forces within the world and to offer ...
Don Paterson, 2009
9
Henderson the Rain King
Bellow evokes all the rich colour and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this comic novel about a middle-aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, more rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe.
Saul Bellow, 2013
10
Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami, ...
Trace the events surrounding Japan's 2011 earthquake and the subsequent tsunami flood and nuclear threat that further endangered the region, describing the heroism of survivors who risked their lives to protect others.
Lucy Birmingham, David McNeill, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «RAIN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term rain is used in the context of the following news items.
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Unusually strong July rains offer a preview of a robust El Niño
A washed-out bridge on Interstate 10 that cut off a vital shipping route with Arizona, mudslides in Moreno Valley and snarled Southern California freeway traffic ... «Los Angeles Times, Jul 15»
2
Bill Dumps Flooding Rain Across North Texas, South-Central …
Tropical Storm Bill dropped a much smaller amount of rain on Tuesday across a wide area of eastern Texas before dumping inundating rainfall in North Texas ... «AccuWeather.com, Jun 15»
3
Kurt Busch wins rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kyle Larson knew the rain was coming -- and wanted it to arrive as soon as possible. He didn't get his wish. Instead, the downpour that ... «ESPN, Jun 15»
4
Texas floods: Enough rain fell in May to cover entire state 8 inches …
Several rivers in Texas were at flood stage at 108 locations, the National Weather Service said Saturday, but on Sunday the rain seemed to have let up in the ... «CNN, May 15»
5
Rain, possible severe weather could return to Oklahoma this weekend
An inch or more of rain is possible across central and western Oklahoma on Saturday, with lighter rainfall totals in eastern Oklahoma, according to the National ... «NewsOK.com, May 15»
6
NASCAR at Bristol: Underway again after rain delay
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Food City 500 is back underway after a second red flag for rain at 8:05 p.m. ET at Bristol Motor Speedway. The race got started again at ... «USA TODAY, Apr 15»
7
Rain, at times heavy, hits parched LA area
Along with the rain and snow, forecasters predict strong southwest winds for most of the day. The Antelope Valley and the mountains will receive the strongest ... «Los Angeles Times, Apr 15»
8
The Marlins Had A Rain Delay Because They Didn't Close The Roof …
Congratulations to the Miami Marlins on finding a way to stop their first game of the season with a rain delay, despite having a stadium with a roof. They are ... «Deadspin, Apr 15»
9
Late-winter storms hit Southwest; Rain reaches California
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Parts of California were getting a welcome dose of rain and snow — a blessing for California and Nevada ski resorts — while late-winter ... «USA TODAY, Mar 15»
10
Rain from weekend storm could worsen roof issues
Three to 5 inches of snow could fall in Southern New England, beginning Saturday, followed by freezing rain or rain. The wintry mix will turn roads and sidewalks ... «Boston Globe, Feb 15»

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