rainmaking

rainmaking
rain·mak·ing (rānʹmā'kĭng) n.
1. The process of producing or attempting to produce rain, as by magic.
2. Informal. Cloud seeding.
3. Informal. The process of achieving excellent results in a profession or field, such as politics.

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      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, failed to produce rain, but modern techniques of seeding (cloud seeding) supercooled clouds—that is, those clouds containing liquid water droplets at temperatures below 0 °C (32 °F)—with frozen carbon dioxide or silver iodide offer some possibility of increasing rainfall amounts.

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