hailstone

noun
hail·​stone | \ ˈhāl-ˌstōn How to pronounce hailstone (audio) \

Definition of hailstone

: a pellet of hail

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This new record is for statewide hailstones that have been officially documented. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "It’s official: Colorado has a new largest hailstone on record," 14 Aug. 2019 The earlier study, of five skeletal samples, found three with unhealed compression fractures, perhaps inflicted by huge hailstones, although that conclusion is open to debate. Robin George Andrews, New York Times, "The Mystery of the Himalayas’ Skeleton Lake Just Got Weirder," 26 Aug. 2019 That could increase the hailstone’s final official value, according to the Colorado Climate Center. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "It’s official: Colorado has a new largest hailstone on record," 14 Aug. 2019 Fun fact The largest hailstone recovered in the U.S. fell in Vivian, South Dakota, on June 23, 2010. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The hottest place on Earth is not Wisconsin on Friday, despite what it feels like outside," 18 July 2019 The hailstones can grow as cold water droplets collide with them and freeze. NBC News, "What explains the freak hailstorm in Mexico? Here's what scientists say," 2 July 2019 The hail was accompanied by heavy rain, which washed the hailstones into huge piles in low-lying areas. NBC News, "What explains the freak hailstorm in Mexico? Here's what scientists say," 2 July 2019 Although the hailstones were relatively small, measuring less than 1 centimeter across, Agence France-Presse notes that the deluge was strong enough to damage some 200 local homes and businesses, as well as at least 50 vehicles. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "A Summer Hailstorm Buried the Mexican City of Guadalajara Under Ice," 2 July 2019 Even if those shockwaves reached high enough, there’s no scientific proof to suggest that pressurized air would stop hailstones from forming or falling. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Farmers Accuse Volkswagen of Causing a Drought With Its Weather Machines," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of hailstone

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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hailstone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hailstone

: a piece of hail

hailstone

noun
hail·​stone | \ ˈhāl-ˌstōn How to pronounce hailstone (audio) \

Kids Definition of hailstone

: a lump of hail

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