Definition of cloudburst in English:

cloudburst

noun

  • A sudden, violent rainstorm.

    • ‘The shops on the riverside suddenly seemed a dangerous place to shelter from the deluge, which had started with a cloudburst about 3 pm on Monday afternoon.’
    • ‘Pack plenty of spare clothes against the eventuality of getting soaked while out in a torrential cloudburst.’
    • ‘Rain began to fall, spattering the ground and the soldiers, washing away the blood and grime in the sudden cloudburst.’
    • ‘Amid a sudden cloudburst, the rain fogged up the windows and the Guardsmen took another wrong turn, getting about four minutes off course before turning around.’
    • ‘Soon it began to rain, and what began with the patter of hail became a succession of cloudbursts, which eventually evened out into an unremitting downpour.’
    • ‘A cloudburst on Sunday afternoon caused the river to flood and they were washed off a low-level bridge.’
    • ‘There was a cloudburst in the afternoon with lots of lightening and thunder and today is overcast with light showers.’
    • ‘Two early cloudbursts threatened to spoil the fun but after that it was all sunshine.’
    • ‘One rancher showed us a photo of his pickup half-buried in sand during a cloudburst.’
    • ‘During Thursday afternoon's cloudburst, lightning struck a business in Grahamstown.’
    • ‘Picnickers would aver that being caught in the Museum grounds during a cloudburst is hardly a pleasant experience.’
    • ‘Well, we had a cloudburst with lightening and thunder this afternoon.’
    • ‘All day it threatens to rain, we get sudden cloudbursts, but only when we're indoors or in the car, never when we might get wet.’
    • ‘It has survived thunderstorms and cloudbursts and has taken place every year except during the two world wars.’
    • ‘This month too frequent cloudbursts will turn these potholes into lakes.’
    • ‘The rain that came down upon the city was like a cloudburst; the last time the rain poured down like this was some ten years ago.’
    • ‘Chaos erupted during a heavy cloudburst, forcing the large crowd to push through entrances for shelter.’
    • ‘Here was Spain having its hottest summer for years and we turn up to an absolute cloudburst.’
    • ‘Heavy cloudbursts over hills around the resort brought silt and mud tumbling down onto roadways, leaving motorists stranded.’
    • ‘Rather than a sudden, drenching cloudburst, last Friday's rain was a slow and steady downpour.’
    tempest, squall
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Pronunciation:

cloudburst

/ˈkloudˌbərst/