See also: Rain, ràin, and räin

EnglishEdit

Rain falling

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English reyn, rein, from Old English rēn, reġn (rain), from Proto-Germanic *regną (rain) (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.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

rain (usually uncountable, plural rains)

  1. Condensed water falling from a cloud.
    We've been having a lot of rain lately.
    The rains came late that year.
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      This process involves cloud seeding – when various substances are put into clouds in an attempt to cause rain.
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  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.
    A rain of mortar fire fell on our trenches.

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DescendantsEdit

  • Sranan Tongo: alen

TranslationsEdit

See rain/translations § Noun

VerbEdit

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.
    It will rain today.
  2. (intransitive) To fall as or like rain.
    It will rain fire and brimstone at the end of days.
    Tears rained from her eyes.
    Leaves rained from the tree.
    Bombs rained from the sky.
  3. (transitive) To issue (something) in large quantities.
    The boxer rained punches on his opponent's head.
  4. (obsolete) To reign.

Derived termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

See rain/translations § Verb

See alsoEdit

AnagramsEdit


JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

rain

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ライン

KavalanEdit

NounEdit

rain

  1. waves in the open sea

SeraEdit

NounEdit

rain

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

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

SissanoEdit

NounEdit

rain

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • 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")