The Addictionary of Oxford English: Rain

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Definition of Rain in English:

Rain


NOUN

1 [mass noun] The condensed moisture of the atmosphere falling visibly in separate drops.

“Raindrops keep falling on my head. It’s as calming as the onset of hypothermia.” Oxford English

2 (rains) Falls of rain.

“I bless the rains down in Africa!” Oxford English*

*While it cannot be confirmed with one-hundred percent certainty that Oxford English has ever uttered these words, I have it from multiple reputable sources that he attended a Toto concert in London in 1983. One cannot simply attend a Toto concert without singing their hit single, Africa.

VERB

1 [NO OBJECT] (it rains”, “it is raining, etc.) Rain falls

“What’s the old adage? ‘When it rains, it pours.’ I know it’s metaphorical, but I’ve always found it to be wildly exaggerated. I’m aware that I’m blessed to live in one of the rainiest climates in the world, but it’s just never enough.” Oxford English


Rain Quotes about Oxford English

“Let the Yanks across the pond know – because I’m not entirely certain how much they realize just the sheer amount of rain we get in Britain. Unless you’re positively mad, you’re going to always be carrying around an umbrella. Because you never know. It can be sunny one second, and you need your Wellies the next. Well, Oxford is the only self-respecting (and, yes, I use that term loosely) Brit I know who doesn’t carry around the ol’ brolly.” William Irvington II (Owner, Brollies and More Umbrella Emporium)

“Oxford took me on holiday to Sedona, Arizona once. Why? I don’t bloody know! He likes hippies, I suppose. At any rate, I’m not sure he quite processed just how little rain deserts get? We were only at the retreat a week, but by the end of the stint, he was doing a more-than-marginally offensive rain dance. I… ended our little affair soon after.” Arabella McQueen (Mistress #87)

“You’ve heard of storm chasers, yeah? Well Oxford’s a flash flood chaser. Wish I were pullin’ your leg – no – I swear on me mum! Every time there’s a flash flood warning, there he is, drivin’ to the place most likely to flood from all the rain. Even has a bonnet sticker that says: ‘Don’t turn around. You won’t drown.’ The man’s straight barmy!” Dirk Cornfoot (Mechanic)

“That old bat needs to be committed. Do you know how many government resources he’s wasted from his flood chases? It’d be bad enough if it were just one daft old man. But no. He’s got a Facebook group that’s all about flood chasing, and he and his followers are out there chasing the rain every time there’s more than an inch of precipitation in the forecast. Do you know how many cars we’ve had to pull out of flood waters because of him? This is serious – a chinchilla nearly drowned last year in Peckham because we were too busy rescuing English and his lot!” Bram Turtle (Firefighter, Peckham Fire and Rescue)


Origin

Old English regn (noun), regnian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch regen and German Regen.


Pronunciation

rain /reɪn/


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