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rack Tweet Definition of rack Like Definition of rack on Facebook
noun
  1. a series of one or more shelf, shelves, stacked one above the other
  2. a frame with which to hang various items.
  3. a device used to torture victims by stretching them beyond their natural limits.
  4. a pair of antlers (as on deer, moose or elk).
  5. a cut of meat involving several adjacent ribs
I bought a of lamb at the butcher's yesterday.
  1. (billiards) A triangle used for alignment at the start of a game.
  2. (slang) a woman's breasts.
verb
  1. to place in or hang on a rack
  2. (context, sports, billiards, snooker, pool) To put the balls into the triangular rack and set them in place on the table.
radiosonde Tweet Definition of radiosonde Like Definition of radiosonde on Facebook
noun
  1. A miniature radio carried aloft by an unmanned balloon to broadcast the pressure, temperature, and relative humidity of the upper air and to automatically transmit that information to the ground.
rain Tweet Definition of rain Like Definition of rain on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) Condensed water falling from a cloud.
  2. (uncountable) (figurative) Any matter moving or falling, usually through air, and especially if liquid or otherwise figuratively identifiable with raindrops.
  3. (countable) (figurative) An instance of particles or larger pieces of matter moving or falling through air.
A of mortar fire fell on our trenches.
verb
  1. (avalent) Of rain: To fall from the sky.
It will rain today.
  1. (intransitive) To fall in large quantities.
Bombs rained from the sky.
  1. (transitive) To issue (something) in large quantities.
The boxer rained punches on his opponent's head.
rainbow Tweet Definition of rainbow Like Definition of rainbow on Facebook
noun (plural:rainbows)
  1. Multicoloured arch in the sky produced by refraction of light within droplets of rain in the air.
  2. Any prismatic refraction of light showing a spectrum of colours.
  3. An assortment; a varied multitude. Used with of.
  • a of possibilities
    1. (baseball) A curveball, particularly a slow curveball
    2. (context, poker slang) In Texas hold 'em or Omaha hold 'em, a flop that contains three different suits
adjective (no (compar) or (superl))
  1. Having, or shining with, the colors of the rainbow: iridescent.
  2. Multicoloured.
  3. Special, enigmatic.
  4. (poker) Having multiple suits
raindrop Tweet Definition of raindrop Like Definition of raindrop on Facebook
noun
  1. A single droplet of rainwater that has just fallen or is falling from the sky.
It is all so fine and orderly that it would seem that not only had the clouds and streams been kept harmoniously busy in the making of it, but that every sent like a bullet to a mark had been the subject of a separate thought, so sure is the outcome of beauty through the stormy centuries " John Muir, "s:The Grand Caí~+mn~on of the Colorado, The Grand Caí~+mn~on of the Colorado."
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head " words by Hal David, music by Burt Bacharach; from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
rainfall Tweet Definition of rainfall Like Definition of rainfall on Facebook
noun
  1. (meteorology) the amount of rain that has fallen
rainmaker Tweet Definition of rainmaker Like Definition of rainmaker on Facebook
noun
  1. An employee of a company who creates a large amount of unexpected business, consistently brings in money at critical times, or brings in markedly more money than his or her co-workers, thereby "floating their salaries".
rainout Tweet Definition of rainout Like Definition of rainout on Facebook
noun
  1. Something which has been cancelled due to interfere, interfering rain.
  2. Such a cancellation.
rain shadow Tweet Definition of rain shadow Like Definition of rain shadow on Facebook
noun
  1. (meteorology) an area of diminished precipitation on the lee side of mountains
rainwater Tweet Definition of rainwater Like Definition of rainwater on Facebook
noun
  1. Water sourced from rain.
red snow Tweet Definition of red snow Like Definition of red snow on Facebook
noun
  1. snow that has a red tint, commonly found in the Arctic area.
relative humidity Tweet Definition of relative humidity Like Definition of relative humidity on Facebook
noun
  1. The ratio of the actual amount of water vapor (absolute humidity) present in the air to the saturation point at the same temperature. The point at the same temperature. The corresponding ratios of specific humidity or of mixing ratio give approximations of sufficient accuracy for many purposes in meteorology. The relative humidity is usually expressed in percent and can be computed from psychrometric data.
RH Tweet Definition of RH Like Definition of RH on Facebook
initialism
  1. Review Hearing
ridge Tweet Definition of ridge Like Definition of ridge on Facebook
noun
  1. the line along which two sloping surfaces meet which diverge towards the ground
  2. a chain of hills or mountains
  3. a long narrow elevation on an ocean bottom
verb (ridg, ing)
  1. (transitive) to form into a ridge
rime Tweet Definition of rime Like Definition of rime on Facebook
noun
  1. (meteorology) (uncountable) Fog frozen into a sheet of ice; hoarfrost
rimy Tweet Definition of rimy Like Definition of rimy on Facebook
adjective
  1. Coated in rime.
rise Tweet Definition of rise Like Definition of rise on Facebook
noun
  1. The action of moving upwards
    1. An increase (in a quantity, price, etc)
  2. (UK, Ireland) A pay rise (rfv-sense)
verb (rises, rising, rose, risen)
  1. (intransitive) To move upwards.
We watched the balloon .
  1. (intransitive, of a celestial body) To appear to move upwards from behind the horizon of a planet as a result of the planet's rotation
The sun was rising in the East.
  1. (intransitive) To be resurrected
He rose from the grave.
He is risen!
  1. (intransitive) of a quantity, price, etc, To increase.
runoff Tweet Definition of runoff Like Definition of runoff on Facebook
noun
  1. That portion of precipitation or irrigation on an area which does not infiltrate, but instead is discharged from the area.
  2. Dissolved chemicals, etc, included in such water.
The of nitrates is poisoning the lake.
  1. A second or further round of an indecisive election, after other candidates (often all but the last two) have been eliminated
There will now be a as neither front runner received more than 50% of the vote.

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