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 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 The longer a thunderstorm’s updraft—the warm, unstable air feeding the storm its energy—can sustain the weight of a hailstone, the larger the chunk of ice can grow as water freezes on it in layers. Dennis Mersereau, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Brady wasn’t sure of the exact location of the hailstone in Hondo. Kelli Smith, Dallas News, 7 May 2021 The National Weather Service says a giant hailstone that dropped from the sky last week during a storm near San Antonio may have broken Texas records. Kelli Smith, Dallas News, 7 May 2021 In your reports, please include the time, location, hailstone size, and a photo if possible. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 17 Mar. 2021 The record-setting hailstone fell that made Coffeyville, KS famous. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 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, 28 Dec. 2019 Druetta preserved the mega hailstone in her freezer. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, 2 May 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 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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