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

Definition of hailstone

: a pellet of hail

Examples of hailstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The record-setting hailstone fell that made Coffeyville, KS famous. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Above Average Holiday Weekend Weather, But Much Cooler Next Week," 2 Sep. 2020 Colorado set at least four new statewide weather records in 2019: the largest hailstone, hottest overall temperature, hottest statewide September and lowest barometric pressure reading. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s top weather events of 2019: Bomb cyclone, hottest temperature and more," 28 Dec. 2019 Druetta preserved the mega hailstone in her freezer. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Hailstone the size of a football in Argentina may have smashed a world record," 2 May 2020 In Argentina, huge hailstones threaten to break records. CNN, "CNN 10 - May 5, 2020," 4 May 2020 At over 7 inches, Druetta’s stone falls short of the U.S. record holder, an 8-inch hailstone that fell in Vivian, S.D., on July 23, 2010. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Giant hail pummeled an Argentine city Thursday, possibly a Southern Hemisphere record," 9 Feb. 2018 Miraculously, the hailstone only caused minor damage. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s top weather events of 2019: Bomb cyclone, hottest temperature and more," 28 Dec. 2019 In some spots, hailstones were likened in size to peas or pebbles. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Evening deluge pelts the District with hail," 20 Aug. 2019 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW The Dominion was pummeled by 3-inch hailstones, according to reports to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "April hailstorm still causing hassles for some Dominion homeowners," 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of hailstone

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Hailstone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hailstone. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hailstone

: a piece of hail


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

Kids Definition of hailstone

: a lump of hail

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