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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Rain  \Rain\,  n.  &  v. 
  Reign.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Rain  \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 
  produced. 
 
  {Rain  quail}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  {Quail},  n.,  1. 
 
  {Rain  water},  water  that  has  fallen  from  the  clouds  in  rain. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Rain  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Rain  \Rain\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  pour  or  shower  down  from  above,  like  rain  from  the 
  clouds. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  rain 
  n  1:  water  falling  in  drops  from  vapor  condensed  in  the 
  atmosphere  [syn:  {rainfall}] 
  2:  drops  of  fresh  water  that  fall  as  precipitation  from  clouds 
  [syn:  {rainwater}] 
  3:  anything  happening  rapidly  or  in  quick  successive;  "a  rain 
  of  bullets";  "a  pelting  of  insults"  [syn:  {pelting}] 
  v  :  precipitate  as  rain;  "It's  raining  cats  and  dogs"  [syn:  {rain 
  down}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Rain 
  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. 
 




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