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  • rain frog (amphibian genus)

    narrow-mouthed toad: The genus Breviceps (rain frogs) includes a number of plump, short-faced, African species. These live and breed on land. B. gibbosus is a burrowing South African form that is traditionally thought to control the coming of rain.

  • rain gauge (measurement instrument)

    climate: Precipitation: …Earth’s surface by rather simple rain gauges. Measurement of precipitation intensity requires a recording rain gauge, in which water falling into a collector of known surface area is continuously recorded on a moving chart or a magnetic tape. Investigations are being carried out on the feasibility of obtaining continuous measurements…

  • rain god (deity)

    Native American dance: Religious expression in dance: …Mexico, the appearance of the rain gods is heralded by two ceremonial clowns using traditional gestures. Looking for the rain gods in the clouds, one of the clowns claps ashes from his hands, representing a cloud. He looks upward, shading his eyes to indicate his attempt to see into the…

  • Rain Man (film by Levinson [1988])

    Rain Man, American dramatic film, released in 1988 and starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, that was a hit with both critics and audiences and won four Academy Awards, including that for best picture, as well as two Golden Globe Awards, including that for best drama. In Los Angeles, Charlie

  • Rain or Shine (film by Capra [1930])

    Frank Capra: The early 1930s: …adapted the 1928 Broadway hit Rain or Shine for film in 1930, he retained comedian Joe Cook in the role of the saviour of a circus, but he dropped the stage show’s music. Capra’s next film was the ambitious Dirigible (1931), an expensive aerial adventure set at the South Pole.…

  • Rain over Trees on a Rocky Shore (painting by Ma Yuan)

    Ma Yuan: Landscape painting: …picture is the tall, unsigned Rain over Trees on a Rocky Shore in the Seikadō Foundation in Tokyo. The monumental composition, the expressive use of monochrome ink, and the powerful angularity of the brush work, in which the artist hacks out the facets of his rocks by means of a…

  • Rain People, The (film by Coppola [1969])

    Francis Ford Coppola: Early years: …($750,000) for Coppola’s next project, The Rain People (1969). Scripted and directed by Coppola, it followed a pregnant Long Island housewife (Shirley Knight) who leaves her husband and takes to the road. Her path crosses most significantly with those of a brain-damaged former football player (James Caan) and a Nebraska…

  • Rain Queen (Lovedu ruler)

    Lovedu: …in the person of the Rain Queen. Her lineage is traced to Karanga (Shona) immigrants from what is now southern Zimbabwe. The Rain Queen is believed to provide the rain crucial to agriculture through rituals and appeals to her divine ancestors. The Lovedu expect a queen’s death to result in…

  • rain shadow (meteorology)

    Rain shadow, lee side of an orographic (mountainous) barrier, which receives considerably less precipitation than the windward side. See orographic

  • Rain Shadows (work by Goldsworthy)

    Andy Goldsworthy: His Rain Shadows (1984– ) involved lying down on the ground just before a rainfall and remaining in that spot until the rain stopped, thereby creating a “shadow” in the shape of his body, which he then photographed. In the 1980s Goldsworthy worked often with snow…

  • rain splash (geology)

    sheet erosion: The first is rain splash, in which soil particles are knocked into the air by raindrop impact. A hundred tons of particles per acre may be dislodged during a single rainstorm. In the second stage, the loose particles are moved downslope, commonly by sheetflooding. Broad sheets of rapidly…

  • rain-fed agriculture

    agricultural technology: Rainmaking: …to increase the amount of precipitation from clouds by seeding them with salt or silver iodide have been made for nearly three decades. Both aircraft and ground generators have been employed, but the techniques are typically beyond the means of an individual farmer. Results suggest that cloud modification is entirely…

  • Rainald of Dassel (German statesman)

    Rainald Of Dassel, German statesman, chancellor of the Holy Roman Empire, and archbishop of Cologne, the chief executor of the policies of the emperor Frederick I Barbarossa in Italy. After studying at Hildesheim and Paris and serving as a church provost, Rainald became (1153) a member of Emperor

  • Rainald von Dassel (German statesman)

    Rainald Of Dassel, German statesman, chancellor of the Holy Roman Empire, and archbishop of Cologne, the chief executor of the policies of the emperor Frederick I Barbarossa in Italy. After studying at Hildesheim and Paris and serving as a church provost, Rainald became (1153) a member of Emperor

  • Rainaldi, Carlo (Italian architect)

    Carlo Rainaldi, Baroque architect, one of the leading architects of 17th-century Rome, noted for the scenic grandeur of his designs. He collaborated with his father, Girolamo Rainaldi, a distinguished architect who transplanted to Rome the north Italian Mannerist tradition of Pellegrino Tibaldi.

  • Rainaldi, Girolamo (Italian architect)

    Girolamo Rainaldi, Italian architect in the northern Italian Mannerist tradition, who became chief architect of Rome (in 1602) and of the papacy (1644). Rainaldi’s most important church is the Carmelite church of San Silvestro at Caprarola, near Rome. Pope Sixtus V was his patron, and Rainaldi

  • Rainaldi, Hieronimo (Italian architect)

    Girolamo Rainaldi, Italian architect in the northern Italian Mannerist tradition, who became chief architect of Rome (in 1602) and of the papacy (1644). Rainaldi’s most important church is the Carmelite church of San Silvestro at Caprarola, near Rome. Pope Sixtus V was his patron, and Rainaldi

  • Rainalducci, Pietro (antipope)

    Nicholas (V), last imperial antipope, whose reign (May 1328 to August 1330) in Rome rivalled the pontificate of Pope John XXII at Avignon. An assembly of priests and laymen in Rome under the influence of the Holy Roman emperor Louis IV the Bavarian, whom John had excommunicated, elected the

  • Rainalducci, Pietro (antipope)

    Nicholas (V), last imperial antipope, whose reign (May 1328 to August 1330) in Rome rivalled the pontificate of Pope John XXII at Avignon. An assembly of priests and laymen in Rome under the influence of the Holy Roman emperor Louis IV the Bavarian, whom John had excommunicated, elected the

  • Rainallucci, Pietro (antipope)

    Nicholas (V), last imperial antipope, whose reign (May 1328 to August 1330) in Rome rivalled the pontificate of Pope John XXII at Avignon. An assembly of priests and laymen in Rome under the influence of the Holy Roman emperor Louis IV the Bavarian, whom John had excommunicated, elected the

  • rainband (meteorology)

    tropical cyclone: Rainbands: In addition to deep convective cells (compact regions of vertical air movement) surrounding the eye, there are often secondary cells arranged in bands around the centre. These bands, commonly called rainbands, spiral into the centre of the storm. In some cases the rainbands are…

  • Rainborow, Thomas (English soldier)

    Thomas Rainborow, English soldier and republican who fought for Parliament during the English Civil Wars. His father, Captain William Rainborow, had been an officer in the royal navy. Thomas commanded the Swallow in the Parliamentary fleet in 1643. Transferred to the land forces, he became a

  • Rainbow (ship)

    John Willis Griffiths: …first extreme clipper ship, the Rainbow, which was designed to engage in the China trade. The Rainbow was launched in 1845 and began a new era in shipbuilding.

  • rainbow (atmospheric phenomenon)

    Rainbow, series of concentric coloured arcs that may be seen when light from a distant source—most commonly the Sun—falls upon a collection of water drops—as in rain, spray, or fog. The rainbow is observed in the direction opposite to the Sun. The coloured rays of the rainbow are caused by the

  • Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder (film by Quine [1952])

    Richard Quine: …Off starred Mickey Rooney, and Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder (both 1952) was another Laine musical; Quine cowrote the latter with Blake Edwards, and the two collaborated on several other screenplays. After Siren of Bagdad (1953) and several forgettable films, Quine garnered attention for Pushover (1954), a film noir starring Fred…

  • rainbow boa (snake)

    boa: The rainbow boa (Epicrates cenchria) of Costa Rica to Argentina is not strongly patterned but is markedly iridescent. Except for the anacondas, most boines are terrestrial to strongly arboreal. The young often move from the trees to the ground as they get older and larger. Most…

  • Rainbow Bridge National Monument (monument, Utah, United States)

    Rainbow Bridge National Monument, rainbow-shaped natural bridge of pink sandstone spanning a canyon 290 feet (88 metres) above a creek that winds toward man-made Lake Powell in southern Utah, U.S., near the Utah-Arizona boundary. The monument is located in the Navajo Reservation, where it lies on

  • Rainbow Coalition (American organization)
  • rainbow lizard (reptile genus)

    Calotes, genus of arboreal (tree-dwelling) lizards of the family Agamidae, remarkable for their extreme colour changes when excited. It is found in gardens and forests of India, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, and some Pacific islands. The taxonomy is uncertain, however, and about 21 species, differing

  • rainbow lorikeet (bird)

    lorikeet: The rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) is among the most spectacular and variable of the group, with 21 races scattered over the southwestern Pacific. Most races of this 150-gram (5-ounce) species have red bills, blue heads, green wings, and black feet, though the colour and pattern of…

  • rainbow plant (plant genus)

    Lamiales: Carnivorous families: …with a single genus (Byblis) and six species native to Australia and New Guinea. These are herbs with narrowly linear leaves densely covered by glandular hairs that trap and absorb nutrients from insects.

  • Rainbow Round My Shoulder: The Blue Trail of Black Ulysses (work by Odum)

    Howard W. Odum: …Odum’s books on African Americans, Rainbow Round My Shoulder: The Blue Trail of Black Ulysses (1928), was praised for its literary quality. Among his other works are Southern Regions of the United States (1936), Understanding Society (1947), and American Sociology (1951). At President Herbert Hoover’s request, Odum and William Fielding…

  • rainbow runner (fish)

    runner: The rainbow runner (Elagatis bipinnulata) is a spectacularly coloured fish, metallic blue on the upper half of the body and yellow on the lower. Two deeper blue longitudinal lines complement the brilliant colour pattern. Rainbow runners attain lengths of more than 1.2 m (4 feet).

  • Rainbow Six (novel by Clancy)

    Tom Clancy: …All Fears (1991; film 2002), Rainbow Six (1998), The Bear and the Dragon (2000), The Teeth of the Tiger (2003), Dead or Alive (2010), and Command Authority (2013) are subsequent novels.

  • Rainbow Thief, The (film by Jodorowsky [1990])

    Alejandro Jodorowsky: Later films, comic books, and psychomagic: Jodorowsky was a director-for-hire on The Rainbow Thief (1990), a gentle fantasy in which a petty thief (Omar Sharif) befriends a prince (Peter O’Toole) and the two live underground in the sewers while waiting for the prince to assume his inheritance. Jodorowsky subsequently disowned the film.

  • rainbow trout (fish)

    Rainbow trout, (Oncorhynchus mykiss), game fish of the family Salmonidae noted for its spectacular leaps and hard fighting when hooked. It has been introduced from western North America to many other countries. A brightly coloured fish of lakes and swift streams, it is covered with small black

  • Rainbow Warrior (ship)

    Greenpeace: …10, 1985, the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior, which was due to sail to Moruroa Atoll to protest French atmospheric nuclear-weapons tests there, was sunk by two bomb explosions while berthed in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand. Subsequent revelations that French intelligence agents had planted the bombs caused a major international scandal…

  • Rainbow, Mary Florence Elinor (British author [born 1916])

    Mary Stewart, (Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow), British author (born Sept. 17, 1916, Sunderland, Durham, Eng.—died May 9, 2014, Loch Awe, Scot.), was best known for her update of the Arthurian legend in a popular trilogy of novels about the magician Merlin—The Crystal Cave (1970; filmed for

  • Rainbow, The (novel by Lawrence)

    The Rainbow, novel by D.H. Lawrence, published in 1915. The novel was officially banned after it was labeled obscene, and unsold copies were confiscated. The story line traces three generations of the Brangwen family in the Midlands of England from 1840 to 1905. The marriage of farmer Tom Brangwen

  • Rainbow/PUSH Coalition (American organization)

    Jesse Jackson: …in 1996 to form the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.

  • Rainbow: A Private Affair (film by Taviani [2017])

    Taviani brothers: …was Una questione privata (2017; Rainbow: A Private Affair), which they cowrote, though only Paolo directed the war drama.

  • raincoat (clothing)

    Mackintosh, waterproof outercoat or raincoat, named after a Scottish chemist, Charles Macintosh (1766–1843), who invented the waterproof material that bears his name. The fabric used for a mackintosh was made waterproof by cementing two thicknesses of it together with rubber dissolved in a

  • raindrop (meteorology)

    climate: Mechanisms of precipitation release: Considerable growth of the cloud droplets (with falling speeds of only about 1 cm, or 0.4 inch, per second) is therefore necessary if they are to fall through the cloud, survive evaporation in the unsaturated air below, and reach the ground as drizzle or rain. The production of a few…

  • Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head (song by Bacharach and David)

    Burt Bacharach: …did the movie’s song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.” Bacharach later cowrote (with Carole Bayer Sager, among others) the Oscar-winning song “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” for the comedy Arthur (1981). He and Sager subsequently collaborated on a number of hits and were married from 1982…

  • Raine, Craig (British writer)

    English literature: Poetry: …in the narrative genre was Craig Raine’s History: The Home Movie (1994), a huge semifictionalized saga, written in three-line stanzas, chronicling several generations of his and his wife’s families. Before this, three books of dazzling virtuosity (The Onion, Memory [1978], A Martian Sends a Postcard Home [1979], and Rich [1984])…

  • Raine, Kathleen (British writer)

    Kathleen Raine, English poet, scholar, and critic noted for her mystical and visionary poetry. Raine studied psychology and the natural sciences at Girton College in Cambridge (M.A., 1929) and in the 1930s was one of a group of Cambridge poets. Inspired by Plato, W.B. Yeats, William Blake, and

  • Raine, Kathleen Jessie (British writer)

    Kathleen Raine, English poet, scholar, and critic noted for her mystical and visionary poetry. Raine studied psychology and the natural sciences at Girton College in Cambridge (M.A., 1929) and in the 1930s was one of a group of Cambridge poets. Inspired by Plato, W.B. Yeats, William Blake, and

  • Raine, Nancy Catherine Greene (Canadian skier)

    Nancy Greene Raine, Canadian Alpine skier and politician who was the winner of the inaugural women’s World Cup (1967–68). Greene’s family were all avid skiers, and she began skiing before she was six years old. Two of her sisters were also members of the national women’s team. She was educated in

  • Raine, Norman Reilly (American screenwriter)
  • Rainer, Luise (German-born actress)

    Luise Rainer, German-born film actress who was the first person to receive two Academy Awards for acting. Rainer spent portions of her childhood in Vienna (where some sources say she was born) as well as in Munich and Switzerland. She began acting at the age of 16 and became a distinguished stage

  • Rainer, Yvonne (American choreographer and filmmaker)

    Yvonne Rainer, American avant-garde choreographer and filmmaker whose work in both disciplines often featured the medium’s most fundamental elements rather than meeting conventional expectations. Rainer moved to New York City in 1957 to study theatre. She found herself more strongly drawn to modern

  • Rainey, Gertrude Malissa Nix (American singer)

    Ma Rainey, American singer who was known as the “mother of the blues” and who was recognized as the first great professional blues vocalist. While most sources state that she was born on April 26, 1886, in Columbus, Georgia, some suggest that her birth occurred in September 1882 in Alabama.

  • Rainey, Joseph Hayne (American politician)

    Joseph Hayne Rainey, former American slave, the first black to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives (1870–79). The son of a barber who bought the family’s freedom, Rainey received some private schooling and took up his father’s trade in Charleston, S.C. During the American Civil War he was

  • Rainey, Ma (American singer)

    Ma Rainey, American singer who was known as the “mother of the blues” and who was recognized as the first great professional blues vocalist. While most sources state that she was born on April 26, 1886, in Columbus, Georgia, some suggest that her birth occurred in September 1882 in Alabama.

  • rainfall (weather)

    Precipitation, all liquid and solid water particles that fall from clouds and reach the ground. These particles include drizzle, rain, snow, snow pellets, ice crystals, and hail. (This article contains a brief treatment of precipitation. For more-extensive coverage, see climate: Precipitation.) The

  • rainfed agriculture

    agricultural technology: Rainmaking: …to increase the amount of precipitation from clouds by seeding them with salt or silver iodide have been made for nearly three decades. Both aircraft and ground generators have been employed, but the techniques are typically beyond the means of an individual farmer. Results suggest that cloud modification is entirely…

  • rainforest (ecosystem)

    Rainforest, luxuriant forest, generally composed of tall, broad-leaved trees and usually found in wet tropical uplands and lowlands around the Equator. A brief treatment of rainforests follows. For full treatment, see tropical forest. Rainforests usually occur in regions where there is a high

  • Rainforest Alliance (international organization)

    Rainforest Alliance, international organization dedicated to conserving biodiversity and promoting environmentally sustainable and socially just practices in the farming and forestry industries, primarily in rainforests, in over 60 countries. The organization was founded in 1986. It gives its “seal

  • Rainforest Indians

    South American forest Indian, indigenous inhabitants of the tropical forests of South America. The tribal cultures of South America are so various that they cannot be adequately summarized in a brief space. The mosaic is baffling in its complexity: the cultures have interpenetrated one another as a

  • rainforest plant regeneration

    Forest regeneration, following such events as forest clearing by humans or as part of a natural process, results from interactions among diverse groups of organisms and the environment. Depending upon factors such as survivorship, pollination, and seed production and dispersal, different tree

  • rainforest tree hollows

    Tree hollows are sought-after refuges for a succession of creatures, from termites to primates. Tree hollows make safe nests and dens where mothers can raise their young protected from predators and where roosting birds and various mammals can take shelter during the day. The creation of a tree

  • rainforests

    Herbivory, the consumption of plant materials (generally leaves, shoots, and stems) by animals, is a defining process in most plant communities and a major influence on plant assemblages in tropical forests. Rainforest vegetation is under constant attack by hordes of sap drinkers, leaf eaters, leaf

  • Rainger, Ralph (American composer)

    She Done Him Wrong: Production notes and credits:

  • Rainha da sucata (Brazilian television program)

    Fernanda Montenegro: ” In the television serial Rainha da sucata (1990; “The Queen of Scrap Iron”), a lampoon of soaps that was dubbed into Spanish and distributed throughout North and South America, she took on a self-effacing role as the matriarch of a quarreling family. An astonishingly versatile actress, she was respected…

  • rainha dos cárceres da Grécia, A (work by Lins)

    Osman Lins: Avalovara), a novel; and A rainha dos cárceres da Grécia (1976; The Queen of the Prisons of Greece). These works subject fictional narrative to an order determined by external elements of “literary architecture.” Several narratives of Nine, Novena parallel signs of the zodiac and geometric ideograms. The Queen of…

  • Rainhill Trials (locomotive competition)

    railroad: The Liverpool and Manchester Railway: The Rainhill locomotive trials were conducted in 1829 to assure that those prime movers would be adequate to the demands placed on them and that adhesion was practicable. Stephenson’s entry, the Rocket, which he built with his son, Robert, won the trials owing to the increased…

  • Rainier III, prince de Monaco (prince of Monaco)

    Rainier III, prince de Monaco, 31st hereditary ruler of the principality of Monaco (1949–2005). He was the son of Prince Pierre, count de Polignac, and Princess Charlotte de Monaco, daughter of Louis II, prince de Monaco. Rainier became a Grimaldi (i.e., received his mother’s family name) in accord

  • Rainier, Mount (mountain, Washington, United States)

    Mount Rainier, highest mountain (14,410 feet [4,392 metres]) in the state of Washington, U.S., and in the Cascade Range. It lies about 40 miles (64 km) southeast of the city of Tacoma, within Mount Rainier National Park. The mountain is geologically young, formed by successive lava flows from

  • Rainilaiarivony (prime minister of Madagascar)

    Madagascar: Outside influences (1861–95): The head of the army, Rainilaiarivony, a Hova, became prime minister and remained in power by marrying three queens in succession: Rasoherina, Ranavalona II, and Ranavalona III. He embarked on a program of modernization, and in 1869 he caused Protestantism to be adopted and suppressed the traditional Malagasy religion. European-style…

  • Raining Stones (film by Loach [1993])

    Ken Loach: …a London construction crew, and Raining Stones (1993) follows a man searching for money to buy a dress for his daughter. The latter took the jury prize at Cannes. Loach also received praise for Ladybird Ladybird (1994), a downbeat portrayal of a single mother struggling to hold her family together…

  • Rainis (Latvian author)

    Rainis, Latvian poet and dramatist whose works were outstanding as literature and for their assertion of national freedom and social consciousness. From 1891 to 1895 Rainis edited the newspaper Dienas Lapa, aimed at promoting social and class consciousness in the peasantry. Inspired by Marxist t

  • Rainmaker, The (novel by Grisham)

    John Grisham: >The Rainmaker (1995; film 1997), The Runaway Jury (1996; film 2003), and The Testament (1999).

  • Rainmaker, The (film by Coppola [1997])

    Francis Ford Coppola: The 1990s: …best-selling novel by John Grisham, The Rainmaker (1997) starred Matt Damon as a young attorney in Memphis whose idealism clashes with the greed of his ambulance-chasing boss. Although it was only a modest commercial success, The Rainmaker received positive reviews. Coppola then entered into a long fallow period, primary as…

  • rainmaking

    Rainmaking, any process of increasing the amount of precipitation discharged from a cloud. Primitive methods, such as rain dances or the throwing of pebbles into water, fail to produce rain. However, modern techniques of cloud seeding, such as efforts to coax precipitation from supercooled clouds

  • Rains Came, The (film by Brown [1939])

    Clarence Brown: The 1930s: The Rains Came (1939), with Tyrone Power as a raja whose love for an unhappily married Englishwoman (Loy) is doomed, was notable for its Oscar-winning special effects (notably, a climactic earthquake).

  • Rains of Ranchipur, The (film by Negulesco [1955])

    Jean Negulesco: Millionaire and Three Coins: …films from the decade include The Rains of Ranchipur (1955)—an adaptation of a novel by Louis Bromfield, starring Lana Turner, Richard Burton, and MacMurray—and Boy on a Dolphin (1957), which starred Sophia Loren (in her first American film) as a sponge diver who discovers sunken treasure off the Greek isles.…

  • Rains, Claude (British actor)

    Claude Rains, British motion picture and stage character actor noted for his smooth distinguished voice, polished ironic style, and intelligent portrayal of a variety of roles, ranging from villains to sympathetic gentlemen. Rains began acting at the age of 11 and worked at various backstage jobs

  • Rains, William Claude (British actor)

    Claude Rains, British motion picture and stage character actor noted for his smooth distinguished voice, polished ironic style, and intelligent portrayal of a variety of roles, ranging from villains to sympathetic gentlemen. Rains began acting at the age of 11 and worked at various backstage jobs

  • Rainsborough, Thomas (English soldier)

    Thomas Rainborow, English soldier and republican who fought for Parliament during the English Civil Wars. His father, Captain William Rainborow, had been an officer in the royal navy. Thomas commanded the Swallow in the Parliamentary fleet in 1643. Transferred to the land forces, he became a

  • Rainsy, Sam (Cambodian politician)

    Cambodia: Tensions between the CPP and the opposition: …1990s by former Funcinpec member Sam Rainsy. The party experienced a setback in 2005 when Rainsy fled the country before being convicted of criminal defamation against Hun Sen and Prince Ranariddh. Rainsy returned to Cambodia the following year after receiving a royal pardon. Meanwhile, the electoral law was changed in…

  • Raintree County (film by Dmytryk [1957])

    Elizabeth Taylor: In Raintree County (1957), Taylor channeled a deracinated Southern belle who marries an abolitionist (Montgomery Clift). Her mature screen persona— that of a glamorous, passionate woman unafraid of expressing love and anger—was at its apogee in film adaptations of Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin…

  • Rainulf (Norman leader)

    Italy: The papacy and the Normans: …of Aversa to the Norman Rainulf in return for his support against Pandulf of Capua. Rainulf was able to add Gaeta to his holdings, and his nephew, Count Richard, who had succeeded to Aversa in 1047, added the principality of Capua. The next wave of Normans, led by the sons…

  • rainwash (geology)

    Sheet erosion, detachment of soil particles by raindrop impact and their removal downslope by water flowing overland as a sheet instead of in definite channels or rills. A more or less uniform layer of fine particles is removed from the entire surface of an area, sometimes resulting in an

  • rainwater catchment system (technology)

    Rainwater harvesting system, technology that collects and stores rainwater for human use. Rainwater harvesting systems range from simple rain barrels to more elaborate structures with pumps, tanks, and purification systems. The nonpotable water can be used to irrigate landscaping, flush toilets,

  • rainwater collection system (technology)

    Rainwater harvesting system, technology that collects and stores rainwater for human use. Rainwater harvesting systems range from simple rain barrels to more elaborate structures with pumps, tanks, and purification systems. The nonpotable water can be used to irrigate landscaping, flush toilets,

  • rainwater harvesting system (technology)

    Rainwater harvesting system, technology that collects and stores rainwater for human use. Rainwater harvesting systems range from simple rain barrels to more elaborate structures with pumps, tanks, and purification systems. The nonpotable water can be used to irrigate landscaping, flush toilets,

  • Rainwater, James (American physicist)

    James Rainwater, American physicist who won a share of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1975 for his part in determining the asymmetrical shapes of certain atomic nuclei. Educated at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, and Columbia University, where he received his doctorate in 1946,

  • Rainwater, Leo James (American physicist)

    James Rainwater, American physicist who won a share of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1975 for his part in determining the asymmetrical shapes of certain atomic nuclei. Educated at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, and Columbia University, where he received his doctorate in 1946,

  • Rainy Day in New York, A (film by Allen [2019])

    Woody Allen: 2000 and beyond: …release of his next movie, A Rainy Day in New York (2019). The romantic comedy, which featured Timothée Chalamet and Elle Fanning as film students in New York City, was not released in the United States. Similarly, an intense backlash resulted in his autobiography, Apropos of Nothing, being dropped by…

  • Rainy Lake (lake, North America)

    Rainy Lake, narrow lake astride the Canadian-U.S. border, between the U.S. state of Minnesota and the Rainy River district of northwestern Ontario, Can. It has an area of 360 square miles (932 square km), is about 50 miles (80 km) long, 35 miles (56 km) of which form the international boundary, and

  • rainy season (climate)

    grassland: Environment: …flow, occurs only during the wet season. The tropical grassland climate overlaps very broadly with that of savanna. As previously stated, these vegetation types differ little from each other, a savanna being merely a grassland with scattered trees. Small changes in management and usage can convert one to the other.

  • Raipur (India)

    Raipur, city, capital of Chhattisgarh state, east-central India. It is situated in the central Chhattisgarh Plain and is bordered to the east by the Mahanadi River. The community was founded in the 14th century by Rai Brahma Deo of the Ratanpur dynasty. It served as headquarters of the former

  • rais (Arabian chieftain)

    Crusades: Legal practices: …a court overseen by the rais (ra?īs), a chieftain of importance under the Frankish regime. An important element in the kingdom’s army, the corps of Turcopoles, made up of lightly armed cavalry units, was composed largely of native Christians, including, apparently, converts from Islam. The principle of personality of law…

  • Rais, Gilles de (French noble)

    Gilles de Rais, Breton baron, marshal of France, and man of wealth whose distinguished career ended in a celebrated trial for Satanism, abduction, and child murder. His name was later connected with the story of Bluebeard. At an early age Rais distinguished himself militarily, fighting first in the

  • raise (mining)

    mining: Vertical openings: shafts and raises: Raises with diameters of 2 to 5 metres (7 to 16 feet) and lengths up to several hundred metres are often drilled by powerful raise-boring machines. The openings so created may be used as ore passes, waste passes, or ventilation openings. An underground vertical opening…

  • raise borer (mining)

    tunnels and underground excavations: Shaft raising: …developed a device called a raise borer, in which the cutting head is rotated and pulled upward by a drill shaft in a down-drilled pilot hole, with the power unit being located at top of the pilot hole. The capacity of this type of borer (or upward reamer) generally ranges…

  • raise climber (mining machinery)

    tunnels and underground excavations: Shaft raising: …by Swedish development of the raise climber, whose working cage climbs a rail fastened to the shaft wall and extends backward into the horizontal access tunnel into which the cage is retracted during a blast. Simultaneously in the 1950s Germans began experimenting with several mechanized reamers, including a motor-cutter unit…

  • Raise the Red Lantern (film by Zhang [1991])

    Zhang Yimou: …hong denglong gaogao gua (1991; Raise the Red Lantern). The drama, which focused on the tense and ultimately fatal competition between four wives for the favour of their elderly husband, received an Oscar nomination.

  • raised bog (geology)

    bog: …the bog plants creates a raised bog. The raised bog is similar to the ordinary bog except that it does not lie in a depression but is raised above the surroundings. A moat containing some open water typically surrounds a raised bog where water drains from the raised bog and…

  • raised bread (food)

    bread: …gluten (elastic protein) to make raised breads—and wheat and rye. Millet cakes and chapaties (crisp, whole-meal cakes) are popular types in India. Corn is used to make the small, flat cakes known as tortillas, important throughout much of Latin America; and in Brazil small cakes are made from cassava.

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