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The word rainbow is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun rainbow

What does rainbow mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: rainbows

  1. an arc of colored light in the sky caused by refraction of the sun's rays by rain
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic words: arc / bow = something curved in shape
    • part of: sky = the atmosphere and outer space as viewed from the earth
  2. an illusory hope
    • example: chasing rainbows
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: hope / promise = grounds for feeling hopeful about the future

Alternative definition of the noun rainbow


  1. A multicoloured arch in the sky, produced by prismatic refraction of light within droplets of rain in the air.
  2. Any prismatic refraction of light showing a spectrum of colours.
  3. [context: often used with “of”] A wide assortment; a varied multitude.
  4. An illusion, mirage
  5. [baseball] A curveball, particularly a slow one
  6. [context: poker slang] In Texas hold 'em or Omaha hold 'em, a flop that contains three different suits

Definition of the adjective rainbow

What does rainbow mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. See Multicoloured.
  2. [US] Mellow, laid back, peaceful.
  3. [US] Non-racist.
  4. [US] Racially or ethnically blended.
  5. [rfd-redundant] Having, or shining with, the colors of the rainbow: iridescent.
  6. [poker, chiefly of a flop] Composed entirely of different suits.
  7. [attributive] LGBT.

Definition of the verb rainbow

What does rainbow mean as a doing word?


  1. [transitive] To pattern with many colours, like a rainbow.


Who is Rainbow?

Rainbow appeared in the 2011 film Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.

Phrases with Rainbow

  1. Rainbow Boa
  2. Rainbow Boas
  3. Rainbow Crab
  4. Rainbow Drop
  5. rainbow fish
  6. Rainbow Iris
  7. Rainbow Krib
  8. rainbow pink
  9. Rainbow Weed
  10. Rainbow Bluet
  11. Rainbow Bream
  12. Rainbow Brite
  13. Rainbow party
  14. rainbow perch
  15. Rainbow Pitta
  16. Rainbow Prawn
  17. Rainbow Prigi
  18. rainbow smelt
  19. Rainbow Snake
  20. Downy Rainbow

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Rainbow

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Google previewDay's Collacon: an Encyclopaedia of Prose Quotations (1884)

Consisting of Beautiful Thoughts, Choice Extracts and Sayings, of the Most Eminent Writers of All Nations, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time, Together with a Comprehensive Biographical Index of Authors, and an Alphabetical List of Subjects Quoted

The rainbow is the promise of God never to drown the world.

Google previewGenesis: Your Journey Home, 2nd Edition (2011)

by Terry Newbegin

The rainbow is the sign telling mankind that we ...

Google previewWhat Number Is God? (1995)

Metaphors, Metaphysics, Metamathematics, and the Nature of Things by Sarah Voss

"explains" the ordinary rainbow in the sense that the rainbow is the spectrum in the world. The refraction of the daylight sun, the ...

Google previewMetaphors of Conciousness (2012)

by Ronald S. Valle, Rolf von Eckartsberg

The rainbow is the spectrum in the world, the refraction of the daylight sun, the visible evidence that the spectrum lies in nature. It requires, however, only a brief reflection to realize that this second point ...

Google previewBuddhist Reflections (1993)

by Lama Anagarika Govinda, Maurice O'Connell Walshe

The rainbow is a symbol of the fleeting beauty of the human world, in whose transience are manifested eternal laws that...

Google previewLucy's Rainbow (2011)

A Journey of Hope by Judy Hopkins

Lucy's Rainbow is the powerful, heart-wrenching story of a young family torn apart by cancer.

Google previewAwake My Heart (2017)

Daily Devotional Meditations for the Year by J. Sidlow Baxter

rainbow is a picturesque phenomenon of nature, easily explainable in terms of modern science. What our text explains is the divine significance with which God invested it. Whether there had been storms or rainbows during the antediluvian ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Angels, Spirit Guides and Ascended Masters (2008)

A Guide to 200 Celestial Beings to Help, Heal, and Assist You in Everyday Life by Susan Gregg

Rainbow People will help you Invocation Rainbow People are so willing to help that all you have to do is call upon them. They are powerful guides and healers, so you might want to have them in your life on a regular basis. As a reminder, put ...

Google previewThe Orvis Encyclopedia of Fly Fishing (2010)

Your Ultimate A to Z Guide to Being a Better Angler by Tom Rosenbauer

Rogers fancy RAINBOW TROUT The rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, is native to streams of the Pacific Coast of North America from the Tropic of Cancer in Mexico to the Arctic Circle in Alaska.Across the Bering Sea, it is also native to ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Healing Foods (2010)

by Michael T. Murray, Joseph Pizzorno

The Rainbow Assortment Turnip greens Red Dark Green...

Eat a “rainbow” assortment of fruits and vegetables. 2. Reduce your exposure to pesticides. 3. Eat to regulate your blood sugar level. 4. Do not ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Crystals (2007)

by Judy Hall

Natural Moonstone Tumbled Rainbow Moonstone Moonstone Crystal system Monoclinic Chemistry K(AlSi308)+Na,Fe,Ba Hardness 6 Source India, Sri Lanka, Australia Chakra Soma, third eye, solar plexus Number 4 Zodiac sign Cancer, ...

Google previewVan Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia (2013)

by Douglas M. Considine, Glenn D. Considine

Denmark Rainbow trout, crayfish (marrons ...

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Quotes about Rainbow

Feel like dancing under a rainbow, feel like singing happy
songs, but my rainbow, no my rainbow, wont shine for me.
Feel like going to the ocean, building castle in the sand..
but my rainbow, my rainbow, wont shine for me. (David Gerardino)
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Scrabble value of R1A1I1N1B3O1W4

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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