Definition of rainwater in English:

rainwater

noun

mass noun
  • Water that has fallen as or been obtained from rain.

    • ‘The proposal for digging rain pits to store rainwater may look good on paper.’
    • ‘Let the pots stand in a saucer of water, ideally rainwater, then let them dry off a bit over the winter.’
    • ‘The resin found its way into the trading estate's balancing pond, which catches rainwater from roofs and car parks.’
    • ‘It also disrupts the water table by preventing rainwater from seeping down through the soil.’
    • ‘They took a sample in the rain catchment areas where rainwater would have washed down.’
    • ‘Parts of the centre of York flooded as rainwater raised the level of the River Ouse flowing through the city.’
    • ‘Next time it rains, these students can go to the centre and see for themselves how rainwater can be harvested.’
    • ‘This will effectively help the swift drainage of rainwater during heavy downpours.’
    • ‘The trees around her all dripped with rainwater after the sudden downpour that took place only fifteen minutes ago.’
    • ‘The issue is a relatively simple one: namely, how the city should deal with rainwater.’
    • ‘Families in a south Essex village today called for urgent action after rainwater and sewage flooded their homes.’
    • ‘A length of wooden guttering ran along the front, with a downspout at the end for disposing of rainwater.’
    • ‘For nine months they drifted in an open boat across the Pacific, surviving on rainwater and raw fish.’
    • ‘They get their water from a big trough replenished by rainwater from the roof gutter on the barn.’
    • ‘The barrel itself stood outside collecting rainwater in which Andrew washed his white hair.’
    • ‘I wandered around a bit and ended up by the two big tanks that collect rainwater from our roof.’
    • ‘Maintenance is required to stop rainwater getting into the structure and corroding the steel framework of the tower.’
    • ‘While one half of the marsh receives saline water, the other half is filled with natural rainwater.’
    • ‘Recycled rainwater will be used to flush the toilets and water the gardens.’
    • ‘It is heated and cooled using the power from the nearby lake and solar panels on the roof, and the toilets are flushed using rainwater.’
    rainfall, precipitation, raindrops, wet weather
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Pronunciation

rainwater

/ˈreɪnwɔːtə/