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synonyms for rainbow

  • arc
  • bow
  • crescent
  • curve
  • prism
  • variegation
  • band of color
See also synonyms for: rainbowlike
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What is another name for rainbow?

Literally speaking, a rainbow is an arc (bow) of colors that appears in the sky due to rays of sunshine being reflected and refracted by raindrops (or other water droplets). The word rainbow is also commonly used to refer to any artistic representations of this.

Technically speaking, a rainbow can be classified as a primary rainbow or a secondary rainbow. Together, they can form a double rainbow. Triple rainbows are very rare.

Rainbow is also commonly used as an adjective that means containing all or many colors of the spectrum (the main ones being red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet—aka roygbiv). Synonyms of this sense include multicolored (or multicolor), kaleidoscopic, and prismatic. Kaleidoscopic suggests something full of bright colors in a way that’s reminiscent of the images seen when looking through a kaleidoscope. Prismatic is a reference to the rainbow-colored when light shines through a prism.

Extended from this is a more general sense of rainbow that’s applied to anything featuring a diverse collection of people or things, as in rainbow coalition.

Rainbows and rainbow flags are popularly used as symbols of the LGBTQ+ community.

What is another way to say sunshine and rainbows?

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Following Szutowicz’s arrest, many protesters have been displaying rainbow flags across the city, and are subsequently being arrested for those actions.
POLAND’S LGBTQ ACTIVISTS CONFRONT GROWING CRACKDOWNKAELA ROEDERAUGUST 14, 2020WASHINGTON BLADE
All the colors in the rainbow—and your t-shirt drawer, as it so happens.
SCIENTISTS GENE-HACK COTTON PLANTS TO MAKE THEM EVERY COLOR OF THE RAINBOWJASON DORRIERAUGUST 11, 2020SINGULARITY HUB 
They gave away over 200 hundreds of rainbow masks in each spot.
THEY GAVE AWAY RAINBOW MASKS IN “LGBT FREE ZONES” IN POLANDLGBTQ-EDITORMAY 26, 2020NO STRAIGHT NEWS
That’s why, when you see a double rainbow, the secondary arc is much dimmer and its colors are flipped.
EXPLAINER: RAINBOWS, FOGBOWS AND THEIR EERIE COUSINSMATTHEW CAPPUCCIMAY 1, 2020SCIENCE NEWS FOR STUDENTS
I noticed when I went over to the chemistry department that a lot of the professors had stickers on their doors with a rainbow or triangle that said that they were LGBTQ allies.
WEIGHT LIFTING IS THIS PLANETARY SCIENTIST’S PASTIMEBRYN NELSONMARCH 10, 2020SCIENCE NEWS FOR STUDENTS
Directly after them came a lot of palace attendants in curious hats and long robes of all colours of the rainbow.
OUR LITTLE KOREAN COUSINH. LEE M. PIKE
The colours of the rainbow shone there in pale tints, and the flaring sunshine could not enter.
ALILA, OUR LITTLE PHILIPPINE COUSINMARY HAZELTON WADE
They glittered and shone with an intensity of colour which surpassed even those of the rainbow.
A WOMAN'S JOURNEY ROUND THE WORLDIDA PFEIFFER
Nor did the future appear any more in a rainbow glory, since he realised that it would bring renunciation as well as joy.
THE LIFE & LETTERS OF PETER ILICH TCHAIKOVSKYMODESTE TCHAIKOVSKY
As the appearance of the rainbow when it is in a cloud on a rainy day: this was the appearance of the brightness round about.
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WORDS RELATED TO RAINBOW

  • bubble
  • castle in the air
  • chimera
  • daydream
  • delusion
  • fancy
  • fantasy
  • hallucination
  • head trip
  • idea
  • image
  • imagination
  • impression
  • incubus
  • mental picture
  • nightmare
  • pie in the sky
  • pipe dream
  • rainbow
  • reverie
  • specter
  • speculation
  • thought
  • trance
  • vagary
  • wraith
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