hail·​stone | \ˈhāl-ˌstōn \

Definition of hailstone 

: a pellet of hail

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Could Cullman claim the title for home of Alabama's biggest hailstone on record? Leigh Morgan, AL.com, "Did Alabama's largest-ever recorded hailstone fall in Cullman on Monday?," 21 Mar. 2018 Differences in temperature drive the convective power of storms, so the more extreme the temperature, the higher speed the updraft and the more potential for big hailstones. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Watch in Real Time as American Airlines 1897 Tries to Escape a Hail Storm From Hell," 6 June 2018 This storm’s hailstones gave the crew something to worry about. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Watch in Real Time as American Airlines 1897 Tries to Escape a Hail Storm From Hell," 6 June 2018 The weather service in Huntsville said a 5.25-inch hailstone from Cullman is being reviewed and could become the largest on record in Alabama. Leigh Morgan, AL.com, "Tornado count rises from Monday's storms," 22 Mar. 2018 Likewise, to form hailstones, there has to be cold air. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Three-inch hail and multiple tornadoes raked the Sunshine State on Tuesday," 11 Apr. 2018 But the conditions were deteriorating as snow that had warmed and melted during the day began to freeze into chunks the size of small hailstones. Elliott D. Woods, Outside Online, "How Mike Foote Set an Obscure 24-Hour Skiing Record," 20 Mar. 2018 In events like this, each hailstone contains so much water that fewer stones end up forming. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Giant hail pummeled an Argentine city Thursday, possibly a Southern Hemisphere record," 9 Feb. 2018 Tiny pellets of ice, called graupel, may shower down during intense burst of snow, but a few hailstones of pea or even dime size could occur in the most intense thundersnow. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "This nor’easter has the potential to produce epic thundersnow," 7 Mar. 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hailstone was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of hailstone

: a piece of hail


hail·​stone | \ˈhāl-ˌstōn \

Kids Definition of hailstone

: a lump of hail

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