hail·​storm | \ ˈhāl-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce hailstorm (audio) \

Definition of hailstorm

: a storm accompanied by hail

Examples of hailstorm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When a 2018 hailstorm rocked their Georgetown neighborhood, the Kelleys filed a roof claim. Dallas News, "What happened to USAA? Why is it denying some storm claims that should be slam dunks for homeowners?," 9 July 2020 In this hailstorm, the pilot witnessed the necessary tradeoffs. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Holy Moly, Look How a Bird Flattened This Plane's Nose Cone," 8 July 2020 Even then, while Boot Scootin’ Boogeying or Electric Sliding, there’s a chance of bumping into other people, not to mention heavy breathing, shouting over the music, singing, laughing and a hailstorm of droplets, all over the dance floor. Washington Post, "Some day, we’ll hit the dance floor again. And it will be glorious.," 6 July 2020 My live oak trees lost at least half of their leaves in a recent hailstorm. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Neil Sperry: Did nematodes kill these tomato plants?," 18 June 2020 Now consider an auto insurer in Paris with the same problem: a fleet of cars, a predictable number of accidents, the threat of a one-in-30-year hailstorm event. Evan Ratliff, Wired, "We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn't We?," 16 June 2020 Here is a recipe for disaster: Take one Texas hailstorm, add a senior with an older home and some savings, mix in a shady home repair contractor, and season liberally with the Texas standard home insurance policy. Dallas News, "Amateur hour: Tips for avoiding a common elder fraud," 14 June 2020 And, while so much of our collective focus right now is on this pandemic, the events that are covered by a property insurance policy continue to happen like the drumbeat of a hailstorm. Christopher Swift For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The Hartford CEO: Insurance companies can't be expected to cover a business' pandemic losses," 1 June 2020 Parts of the Houston area were hit hard by hailstorms over the weekend, and that can leave lasting damage for roofs and homes. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Hail damage can be costly down the road: get it inspected," 20 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of hailstorm

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Hailstorm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hailstorm. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hailstorm

: a storm that produces hail


hail·​storm | \ ˈhāl-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce hailstorm (audio) \

Kids Definition of hailstorm

: a storm that brings hail

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