rainrain1 /reɪn/ ●●●S2W2 noun1[uncountable]DN water that falls in small drops from clouds in the skya night of wind and rainThere will be heavy rain in most parts of the country.in the rainI left my bicycle out in the rain. →acid rain, rain drop, rainy2 →the rains3 →rain of something4 →(come) rain or shine —rainless adjective → right as rainat right1(9)COLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + rainheavy (=with a lot of water coming down)The rain became more heavy.light (=with little water coming down)A light rain began to fall.torrential (=very heavy)I woke to the sound of torrential rain.pouring rain (=very heavy rain)He left us standing in the pouring rain.driving rain (=heavy rain that is falling fast or being blown along)They struggled to walk against driving rain.freezing rain (=extremely cold rain) the icy wind and freezing rainfine rain (=very gentle rain)A fine rain was coming down as the game started. acid rain (=rain which contains pollution from factories)forests which have been damaged by acid rainverbsthe rain fallsThe rain was still falling steadily.the rain comes down (=it falls)If the rain starts coming down, we can always go inside.The monsoon rain comes down in sheets.the rain stopsThey went into a cafe and waited for the rain to stop.the rain eases off (=it starts to rain less)The rain should ease off in a minute.the rain pours down (=a lot of rain comes down)The rain was pouring down and I was quickly soaked.the rain pelts down (=it comes down fast)The rain was now pelting down.the rain beats/lashes (=it falls or hits something with a lot of force)Isabel listened to the rain beating down.the rain patters on something (=drops of rain hit something and make a sound)Rain pattered on the roof.get caught in the rain (=be outside when it starts raining)Did you get caught in the rain?phrasesit is pouring with rain British English, it is pouring rain American English (=a lot of rain is falling)When we went outside it was pouring with rain.it looks like rain (=rain appears likely because there are dark clouds in the sky)We ate indoors because it looked like rain.a drop of rainRobert felt a drop of rain on his face.an inch/25mm etc of rainTwo inches of rain fell in twelve hours.outbreaks of rain (=short periods of rain – used in weather forecasts)Outbreaks of rain will spread across northern parts.a rain shower (also a shower of rain British English) (=a short period of rain)a heavy shower of rain accompanied by lightning sheets of rain (=large moving masses of heavy rain)He drove home slowly, through sheets of rain.a rain cloudThick black rain clouds massed in the sky.
THESAURUSrain noun [uncountable] water that falls in small drops from clouds in the skyThe rain has stopped at last.There had been heavy rain during the night.drizzle noun [uncountable]lightrain with very small drops of waterA light drizzle was falling as I left the house.shower noun [countable] a shortperiod of rain that can be heavy or lightMore heavy showers are forecast for tonight.a light shower of raindownpour noun [countable usually singular] a short period of very heavy rain that starts suddenlyA sudden downpour sent us running for shelter.a torrential downpourhail noun [uncountable]frozen rain that falls in the form of hailstones (=small balls of ice)The hail and high winds have destroyed many of the county’s crops.sleet noun [uncountable] a mixture of snow and rainThe rain had turned to sleet.Sleet and snow fell.the rains noun [plural] heavy rain that falls during a particular period in the year in tropicalcountriesThe farmers are waiting for the rains to come.monsoon noun [countable] the heavy rain that falls between April and October in India and other southernAsian countriesThe monsoon is late this year.the monsoon season
THESAURUSit’s raining drops of water are falling from the skyIt’s raining – you’d better take an umbrella.it’s pouring (down) British English, it’s pouring (rain) American English it is raining very heavilyWe stayed at home because it was pouring down all day.it’s chucking it down British English informal it is raining very heavilyOutside it was chucking it down and the streets were deserted. it’s drizzling very gentle rain is fallingIt’s only drizzling – let’s go for a walk anyway.it’s hailing frozen rain in the form of small balls of ice are fallingIt had been hailing and the roads were still slippery.