hail·​stone ˈhāl-ˌstōn How to pronounce hailstone (audio)
: a pellet of hail

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Gina Brown tweeted photos of the 5.5-inch hailstone that fell in her front yard. Dallas News, 13 Apr. 2022 According to a report from San Antonio Express-News, a possibly larger hailstone was found. Dallas News, 13 Apr. 2022 This hailstone, which measures 7 inches in diameter and has a nearly 19-inch circumference, fell in Nebraska on June 22, 2003. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010 Wallowa Memorial Hospital reported treating multiple patients for hailstone injuries, according to the Wallowa Chieftain. oregonlive, 23 Sep. 2022 The largest hailstone documented in North America fell in South Dakota on July 23, 2010 and weighed nearly two pounds. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2022 On April 12, severe storms in Central Texas produced a 5.6-inch hailstone and an EF3 tornado in Salado. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, 9 May 2022 The heaviest hailstone ever recorded was 2.25 pounds and fell in Gopalganj district, Bangladesh, in 1986. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2022 The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office also posted a photo of a hailstone the size of a baseball, with the Facebook post drawing in further comments from people in the area who were also slammed by huge hail. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 27 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Hailstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hailstone. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


hail·​stone ˈhā(ə)l-ˌstōn How to pronounce hailstone (audio)
: a small lump of hail

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