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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RAIN

Rain, which we were much in want of, fell lightly most of the day.

I am indeed pleased to get this rain at last, as the country is very dry.

The country is very dry, and I should think there has not been any rain for several months.

We have not had a drop of rain since the light shower on the 4th August.

If there was rain, there would be enough water here for a month or more.

We are much in want of rain, and thought we should have had some, but the barometer is rising this evening.

Trenches were dug round the hut and tent, so that they must have had rain.

The weather is heavy and cloudy, and I hope to get some rain shortly.

It must be a long while since there has been rain, or it would not have been dry.

They had not had any rain, not even the light shower we had this morning.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English regn "rain," from Proto-Germanic *regna- (cf. Old Saxon regan, Old Frisian rein, Middle Dutch reghen, Dutch regen, German regen, Old Norse regn, Gothic rign "rain"), with no certain cognates outside Germanic, unless it is from a presumed PIE *reg- "moist, wet," which may be the source of Latin rigare "to wet, moisten" (cf. irrigate). Rain dance is from 1867; rain date in listings for outdoor events is from 1948. To know enough to come in out of the rain (usually with a negative) is from 1590s. Rainshower is Old English renscur.

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.