rain

rain

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English Online Dictionary. What means rain‎? What does rain mean?

  • enPR: rān, IPA(key): /ɹeɪn/
  • Rhymes: -eɪn
  • Homophones: reign, rein

From Middle English reyn, rein, from Old English reġn, from Proto-West Germanic *regn, from Proto-Germanic *regną (compare West Frisian rein, Dutch regen, German Regen, Danish and Norwegian regn), of uncertain origin. Possibly from pre-Germanic *Hréǵ-no-, from Proto-Indo-European *Hreǵ- (to flow) (compare Latin rigō (wet, soak), Lithuanian rõki (drizzling rain), Albanian rrjedh (to flow, drip)), although the consonant reflexes don't match.

  • rayne, raygne (obsolete)

rain (usually uncountable, plural rains)

  1. Condensed water falling from a cloud.
    • 2019, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      This process involves cloud seeding – when various substances are put into clouds in an attempt to cause rain.
  2. (figuratively) Any matter moving or falling, usually through air, and especially if liquid or otherwise figuratively identifiable with raindrops.
  3. (figuratively) An instance of particles or larger pieces of matter moving or falling through air.
  • shower, downpour, drop are some of the words used to count rain.
  • See also Thesaurus:hydrometeor

  • Also see terms derived from the verb
  • Sranan Tongo: alen

rain (third-person singular simple present rains, present participle raining, simple past and past participle rained)

  1. (impersonal) To have rain fall from the sky.
  2. (intransitive) To fall as or like rain.
  3. (transitive) To issue (something) in large quantities.
  • Also see terms derived from the noun
  • drizzle
  • hail
  • mizzle
  • precipitation
  • serein
  • shower
  • sleet
  • snow
  • storm
  • Wikipedia article on rain

rain (third-person singular simple present rains, present participle raining, simple past and past participle rained)

  1. Obsolete form of reign.
  • Rina, rani, Irân, Nair, ARNI, Îrân, arni, NIRA, Iran, Īrān, Rian, ARIN, airn, RNAi, Rani, Irān, Arin

rain

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ライン

rain

  1. waves in the open sea

rain

  1. Alternative form of reyn (rain)

rain

  1. water
  • Terry Crowley, Claire Bowern, An Introduction to Historical Linguistics (2010, →ISBN, page 333
  • Stephen Adolphe Wurm, New Guinea Area Languages and Language Study (1976)

rain

  1. water
  • Stephen Adolphe Wurm, New Guinea Area Languages and Language Study (1976)
  • John Nystrom, Sissano Organised Phonology Data (1992) (as rayn several times in a story; compare ranrayn "wet")

From the Tetum noun rai.

rain

  1. country

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