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Topic: METEOROLOGY

Language: Old English
Origin: scur

shower

1 noun
     
show‧er1 S2 [countable]
1

for washing in

DH a piece of equipment that you stand under to wash your whole body:
Why does the phone always ring when I'm in the shower?
I'd like to use the shower if that's all right.
The bathroom has a separate shower cubicle (=a shower in a separate part of the room).
2

act of washing

DH an act of washing your body while standing under a shower:
I need a shower.
take a shower
Nick rolled out of bed and took a shower.
have a shower especially British English
Mary loves having a hot shower after she's been swimming.
3

rain

HEM a short period of rain or snow:
More heavy showers are forecast for tonight.
a snow shower
A few wintry showers are likely.
4

lots of things

a lot of small, light things falling or going through the air together
shower of
Peter kicked the fire and sent up a shower of sparks.
A shower of leaves fell towards the ground.
5

party

American EnglishDL a party at which presents are given to a woman who is going to get married or have a baby:
We gave a shower for Beth.
6

people

[usually singular] British English informal a group of stupid or lazy people
WORD FOCUS: weather WORD FOCUS: weather
good weather: sunny/fine used to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of sunshine
nice
/lovely/glorious very sunny and good
bright
if the weather is bright, the sun shines strongly
there isn't a cloud in the sky
the sky is completely clear
dry
if the weather is dry, it does not rain
fair
sunny and not windy or rainy - used especially in weather forecasts

rain: wet/rainy/damp used to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of rain
unsettled
if the weather is unsettled, it keeps changing and it often rains
drizzle
light rain which consists of very small drops of water
shower
a short period of rain
downpour
a short period when it suddenly rains very heavily

it's pouring down British English/it's pouring rain American English it is raining very hard
it's drizzling
it is raining a little, with very small drops of rain

snow: snowy used to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of snow
sleet
a mixture of snow and rain
slush
a mixture of partly melted snow and ice
hail
/hailstones frozen drops of rain, that fall as drops of ice
blizzard
a storm with a lot of snow and strong wind
frost
white powder that covers the ground when it is cold

wind: windy used to describe a day or weather when there is a lot of wind
blustery
very windy

breeze a gentle pleasant wind
hurricane
(in the Atlantic Ocean) /typhoon (in the Pacific Ocean) a violent storm with extremely strong winds

cloudy: cloudy used to describe weather or a day when there are a lot of clouds in the sky
grey
/dull cloudy and not bright
overcast
if the sky is overcast, it is very cloudy and dark, and it is likely to rain
hazy
not clear, especially because there is a slight mist caused by heat or smoke

hot: boiling/scorching/sizzling/blazing/burning/baking/broiling (hot) extremely hot
sweltering
very hot and humid
warm
a little hot, in a way that is pleasant
balmy
pleasantly warm, with a gentle wind blowing
heatwave
a period of unusually hot weather

cold: freezing (cold) extremely cold
arctic
extremely cold, usually with a lot of ice and snow
wintry
cold and snowy or rainy, like the weather in winter
crisp
if the air is crisp, it feels cold but pleasantly fresh and clear
chilly
a little too cold, in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable
cool
a little cold, in a way that is pleasant
cold snap
/cold spell a period of unusually cold weather


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