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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHOWER

I was too far to hear him, but the people broke out with a shower of sticks and stones.

So far above the shower had been his head, that not a hair of it was moistened by the rain-drops!

I left my winders open, and I think there's a shower comin' up.

A shower of red-hot stones warned him that he was near the volcano.

Once more may the rustling of the shower refresh our longing ears!

No shower, no shave, no quiet dinner, no walk; all that would have to come later.

She told me not to give them a shower bath as that would 'cook' the leaves.

I keep the soil moist and shower the leaves when I think they need it.

They stood very still, unmoving, unspeaking while the shower fell.

Under this shower of eulogies, Rougon humbly bowed his head.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English scur "a short fall of rain, storm, tempest; fall of missiles or blows; struggle, commotion; breeze," from West Germanic *skuraz (cf. Old Norse skur, Old Saxon and Old Frisian scur "fit of illness;" Old High German scur, German Schauer "shower, downpour;" Gothic skura, in skura windis "windstorm"), from PIE root *kew-(e)ro- "north, north wind" (cf. Latin caurus "northwest wind;" Old Church Slavonic severu "north, north wind;" Lithuanian šiaurus "raging, stormy," šiaurys "north wind," šiaure "north").

Of blood, tears, etc., from c.1400. Of meteors from 1835. Sense of "bath in which water is poured from above" first recorded 1851 (short for shower-bath, itself attested from 1803). Meaning "large number of gifts bestowed on a bride" (1904, American English colloquial) later was extended to the party at which it happens (1926). Shower curtain attested from 1914.

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