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

Examples of hailstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Advertisement Various scenarios for the odd cemetery have been proposed, including one hypothesis that the bones belong to a group of passing pilgrims killed by giant hailstones during a storm in the ninth century. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2024 The actual diameter of the hailstones remain unconfirmed. John Tufts, The Indianapolis Star, 6 May 2024 Parts of Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma are at the greatest risk for these incredibly-dangerous hailstones, including Springfield, Missouri, and Little Rock, Arkansas. Mary Gilbert, CNN, 14 Mar. 2024 California was rocked by a spring storm on Sunday, with hailstones the size of quarters and winds as strong as 60 mph, the NWS said. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 25 Mar. 2024 Some of the strongest storms could potentially produce hailstones bigger than a softball or grapefruit. Mary Gilbert, CNN, 14 Mar. 2024 In one warning that was issued for Kansas City, the Weather Service said the storm could produce apple-sized hailstones and wind gusts of 60 miles per hour. Naomi Schanen, Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2024 The main threat from the storm system, though, will be hail, possibly including hailstones as large or larger than hen’s eggs. Julie Bosman, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Several thunderstorms also traveled across Iowa and Illinois on Thursday, dropping hailstones that ranged from the size of peas to the size of ping pong balls. Evan Bush, NBC News, 9 Feb. 2024

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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 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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