English - Etymology
From Middle English reyn, rein, from Old English reġn, from Proto-Germanic *regnaz (compare West Frisian rein, Dutch regen, German Regen, Danish regn), 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”)).
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
- Condensed water falling from a cloud.
- (figuratively) Any matter moving or falling, usually through air, and especially if liquid or otherwise figuratively identifiable with raindrops.
- (figuratively) An instance of particles or larger pieces of matter moving or falling through air.
English - Verb
- (impersonal) To have rain fall from the sky.
- To fall as or like rain.
- (intransitive) To fall in large quantities.
- (transitive) To issue (something) in large quantities.