shower
I. noun Etymology: Middle English shour, from Old English scūr; akin to Old High German scūr shower, storm, Latin caurus northwest wind Date: before 12th century 1. a. a fall of rain of short duration b. a similar fall of sleet, hail, or snow 2. something resembling a rain shower <
a shower of statistics
>
; especially a fall of meteors which belong to a single group and whose trails appear to originate at the same point in space 3. a party given by friends who bring gifts often of a particular kind <
a bridal shower
>
4. a bath in which water is showered on the body; also the apparatus that provides a shower • showerless adjectiveshowery adjective II. verb Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. to rain or fall in or as if in a shower <
letters showered on him in praise and protest
>
2. to bathe in a shower transitive verb 1. a. to wet (as with water) in a spray, fine stream, or drops b. (1) to cause to fall in a shower <
factory chimneys showered soot on the district
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(2) to cause a shower to fall on <
showered the newlyweds with rice
>
2. to give in abundance <
showered her with honors
>
showerer noun III. noun Date: 14th century one that shows ; exhibitor

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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