shower

Definitions

  • Meteoric Shower of 1799, November 12
    Meteoric Shower of 1799, November 12
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shower take a shower; wash one's body in the shower "You should shower after vigorous exercise"
    • v shower provide abundantly with "He showered her with presents"
    • v shower spray or sprinkle with "The guests showered rice on the couple"
    • v shower expend profusely; also used with abstract nouns "He was showered with praise"
    • v shower rain abundantly "Meteors showered down over half of Australia"
    • n shower washing yourself by standing upright under water sprayed from a nozzle "he took a shower after the game"
    • n shower a plumbing fixture that sprays water over you "they installed a shower in the bathroom"
    • n shower a sudden downpour (as of tears or sparks etc) likened to a rain shower "a little shower of rose petals","a sudden cascade of sparks"
    • n shower a party of friends assembled to present gifts (usually of a specified kind) to a person "her friends organized a baby shower for her when she was expecting"
    • n shower someone who organizes an exhibit for others to see
    • n shower a brief period of precipitation "the game was interrupted by a brief shower"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: American women, on average, spend 55 minutes per day getting showered, dressed, and groomed
    • Shower A copious supply bestowed. "He and myself
      Have travail'd in the great shower of your gifts."
    • Shower A fall or rain or hail of short duration; sometimes, but rarely, a like fall of snow. "In drought or else showers .""Or wet the thirsty earth with falling showers ."
    • Shower One who shows or exhibits.
    • Shower That which resembles a shower in falling or passing through the air copiously and rapidly. "With showers of stones he drives them far away."
    • Shower That which shows; a mirror.
    • Shower To bestow liberally; to destribute or scatter in abundance; to rain. "Caesar's favor,
      That showers down greatness on his friends."
    • v. i Shower To rain in showers; to fall, as in a hower or showers.
    • Shower To water with a shower; to wet copiously with rain. "Lest it again dissolve and shower the earth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Some large clouds store enough water for 500000 showers
    • n shower A light, or moderately heavy, fall of rain, hail, or sleet; used absolutely, a fall of rain.
    • n shower Figuratively, a full of any liquid in drops, or of solid objects in large number.
    • n shower A copious supply bestowed; liberal distribution.
    • n shower In pyrotechny, a device in which small stars of a slow-burning composition fall from rockets or shells, presenting the appearance of a shower of fire.
    • n shower An attack; an assault; a conflict; a battle.
    • shower To water with or as with a shower; wet copiously with rain.
    • shower Hence, to wet copiously with water or other liquid in the form of spray or in drops: as, to shower plants from a watering-pot; to shower one's head in bathing; to shower a convict as a punishment.
    • shower To discharge in a shower; pour down copiously and rapidly; bestow liberally; distribute or scatter in abundance.
    • shower To rain in showers; fall as a shower: as, tears showered down his cheeks.
    • n shower One who or that which shows or exhibits. In Scots law, showers in jury causes are two persons named by the court, usually on the suggestion of the parties, to accompany the jurors when a view of the property which the cause relates to is allowed. See viewer.
    • n shower A looking-glass; a mirror.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When glass breaks, it showers towards, not away from the force that broke it.
    • n Shower show′ėr a fall of rain or hail, of short duration: a copious and rapid fall: a liberal supply of anything
    • v.t Shower to wet with rain: to bestow liberally
    • v.i Shower to rain in showers
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Quotations

  • Francis Atterbury
    Francis Atterbury
    “Should we grieve over a little misplaced charity, when an all knowing, all wise Being showers down every day his benefits on the unthankful and undeserving?”
  • Thomas Otway
    Thomas Otway
    “Shining through tears, like April suns in showers, that labor to overcome the cloud that loads em.”
  • Christina Rossetti
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    “Be the green grass above me, with showers and dewdrops wet; and if thou wilt, remember, and if thou wilt, forget.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
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    “Military glory --the attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood.”
  • Douglas William Jerrold
    Douglas William Jerrold
    “He was so benevolent, so merciful a man that, in his mistaken passion, he would have held an umbrella over a duck in a shower of rain.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. shour, schour, AS. ser,; akin to D. schoer, G. schauer, OHG. scr, Icel. skr, Sw. skur, Goth. skra windis, a storm of wind; of uncertain origin

Usage

In literature:

The shower had swept over to the northeast, just one dark flounce of its skirt reaching to the zenith.
"Aladdin & Co." by Herbert Quick
A shower of corn rattled down on the bottom of the tub.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Suddenly the terrible war-whoop of the Indians resounded from a thicket, and a shower of arrows fell around them.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
On her the sovereign showered diamonds and rubies.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The only thing to vary matters was when some extra high wave would fling itself over the bow in a shower of spray.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
Therefore, she must have her tin shower at the bleachery.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
He went groggily into the special shower arrangement in the Platform.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Throwing water in the swarm is a kind of imitation shower, and earth is something like it.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
From the gullies came the answering fire in shower after shower of bullets.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The warm showers make the grass, trees, and flowers grow.
"Light On the Child's Path" by William Allen Bixler
The shower of incandescent asteroids on November 14th is often much more abundant than the preceding.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
Once his foot slipped and he sent a shower of stones down upon the dwarf.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
A big, black cloud had floated up over the moon, and we had a fairly sharp but short shower of rain.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
Fortunately, it was not put to a severe test; we had passing showers only, heavy, though short.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
He sprang out of bed and took a hot and cold shower; hobgoblins fled, although he felt no inclination to sing!
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
She freed her hair from its red ribbon, and it fell in a shower about her face.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
A fresh shower had fallen that morning, and the surface was still soft, and very smooth.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
He did not seem to mind the shower.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
My coats and rugs fell round me in a shower.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
This fair vision beckoned me on through the deep road and the scudding shower.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
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In poetry:

Delights vanish; the morne o'ercasteth,
The frost breaks, the shower hasteth;
The Tower falls, the hower spends;
The beauty fades, and man's life ends.
"Hos Ego Versiculos" by Francis Quarles
Pride, power, would seem to pass their hours
Basking in an unclouded day;
On them the dew of comfort showers,
And crown'd with flowery wreaths are they!
"Summer: Monday Morning" by John Bowring
That thrives, come sun, come showers;
Blow east, blow west, it springs;
It peoples towns, and towers
Above the courts of Kings,
And touch it and it stings.
"The Stinging Nettle" by A E Housman
April is in the world again,
And all the world is filled with flowers—
Flowers for others, not for me!
For my one flower I cannot see,
Lost in the April showers.
""April Is In The World Again"" by Richard Le Gallienne
Do I love thee? Ask the flower
If she loves the vernal shower,
Or the kisses of the sun,
Or the dew, when day is done.
As she answers, Yes or No,
Darling! take my answer so.
""Do I Love Thee?"" by John Godfrey Saxe
In wasteful bounty showered, they smile unseen,
Unseen by man—but what if purer sprights
By moonlight o'er their dewy bosoms lean
To adore the Father of all gentle lights?
"Third Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble

In news:

As a gay teenager who only recently came out, I wonder about showering at the gym with other men.
Javoya Harris was accused of forcing her children to shower in order to open their pores.
There were champagne showers all around at Target Field after the Minnesota Twins clinched the AL Championship with a 6-4 win over the Indians last night.
Now he has found his wife in the shower with another man.
Meanwhile in the previously dry eastern Corn Belt, recent showers slowed harvest activities but boosted soil moisture in advance of the winter wheat planting and establishment season.
Dassault has designed and installed a shower in the aft cabin section of a Falcon 7X, a challenging job despite the large size of the business jet.
New showroom on 28th Street specilaizes in frameless bathroom shower door trend.
You have a spare hour after work before you have to run to dinner—but how can you break a sweat when you won't have time to shower.
Baby shower scuffle leads to knife attack at Moorhead church parking lot.
MOORHEAD – A scuffle in a church parking lot at a baby shower early Sunday morning led to a knife attack here, Moorhead police said Monday.
Find out if showers and thunderstorms are headed your way.
Other than a few possible morning showers Saturday, the weather this weekend isn't too bad.
If you missed the Geminid meteor shower on Tuesday night, don't worry: This great time-lapse video from last year's display above the southern California desert is all you need to see.
Moonlight to dampen Geminid meteor shower next week.
Restrooms, Locker Rooms And Shower Facilities.
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In science:

Second, the shower spot angular motion is used to determine the orientation and location of the shower axis in the SDP.
Hybrid Performance of the Pierre Auger Observatory and Reconstruction of Hybrid Events
The shower front shape is fitted to a sphere (expanding at spee d of light as the shower propagates) using the start times of the FADC traces of each station.
Upper limit on the primary photon fraction from the Pierre Auger Observatory
As the photon-initiated showers in general develop deeper in the atmosphere, the shower front curvature is expected to be larger than that of nuclear primaries.
Upper limit on the primary photon fraction from the Pierre Auger Observatory
The KASCADE1 (KArlsruhe Shower Core and Array DEtector) experiment measures showers in a primary energy range from 100 TeV to 80 PeV and provides multi-parameter measurements on a large number of observables concerning electrons, muons at 4 different energy thresholds, and hadrons.
Combined LOPES and KASCADE-Grande Data Analysis
KASCADE and LOPES and enables to reconstruct showers with primary energies up to 1018 eV and with distances between shower core and the LOPES-10 antennas up to 700 m.
Combined LOPES and KASCADE-Grande Data Analysis
The depth at which the shower maximum occurs is taken as the longitudinal baricentre of the shower which has a logarithmic dependence on the shower energy.
The CMS High Level Trigger
This depth is roughly the longitudinal center of gravity of the shower, and its optimal mean value varies logarithmically with the shower energy.
The CMS High Level Trigger
There is also a dependence on particle type: electron showers have a maximum about one radiation length less deep than photon showers.
The CMS High Level Trigger
In this work, we obtain a photon limit from the direct observation of the shower profile with fluorescence telescopes, using the depth of shower maximum Xmax as the discriminating observable.
An upper limit to the photon fraction in cosmic rays above 10^19 eV from the Pierre Auger Observatory
In Figure 3 we show the acceptance for photons and nuclear primaries at different steps of the analysis, computed using shower simulations with the CONEX code which reproduces well the CORSIKA predictions for shower profiles.
An upper limit to the photon fraction in cosmic rays above 10^19 eV from the Pierre Auger Observatory
Such photon showers are rejected by the quality cuts, while most of the showers generated by nuclear primaries (with their smaller Xmax) are accepted.
An upper limit to the photon fraction in cosmic rays above 10^19 eV from the Pierre Auger Observatory
The brightest parts of the shower profile, i.e. those around shower maximum, are for photon showers generally closer to the ground.
An upper limit to the photon fraction in cosmic rays above 10^19 eV from the Pierre Auger Observatory
Hence, for similar geometrical distances to the shower maximum, the light signal of the deeper photon showers is more attenuated than for nuclear primaries.
An upper limit to the photon fraction in cosmic rays above 10^19 eV from the Pierre Auger Observatory
For near-vertical photon showers, Xmax is below the field of view of the telescopes; possibly the showers even reach ground before being fully developed as in the example shown.
An upper limit to the photon fraction in cosmic rays above 10^19 eV from the Pierre Auger Observatory
Consequently, the simulated value of the average depth of shower maximum is relatively small, and shower fluctuations are considerably reduced.
An upper limit to the photon fraction in cosmic rays above 10^19 eV from the Pierre Auger Observatory
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