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 The professor is standing in front of the room, droning on and on, spouting out a hailstorm of information. Dr. Ruth Gotian, Forbes, "When Your Favorite Book Becomes A Course For Work," 6 Apr. 2021 Wagner said Smith was near a backyard fire pit with his younger brother when the wind picked up and a hailstorm started. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, "Man killed by tree in Carmel remembered as 'giving' assistant principal at Brooklyn school," 30 Mar. 2021 Good Morning Britain, which came after 41,000 people (and his own colleagues) made formal complaints to the network regarding his verbal hailstorm about Meghan Markle’s prime-time interview. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "Meghan Markle Was Among ITV’s 41,000 Complaints About Piers Morgan," 10 Mar. 2021 After a hailstorm a few years ago, the entire exterior got a makeover, including a new roof, windows and re-plastering by hand and a paint job. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, "Country Singer George Strait’s Adobe Mansion in Texas Hits the Market for $7.5 Million," 24 Feb. 2021 Understandably, the constant hailstorm of racist abuse took a serious toll on her mental health. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "FKA Twigs Received “Hurtful” Racist Abuse While Dating Robert Pattinson," 26 Jan. 2021 The list is topped by the June 13th storm that did $1.3 billion in hail damage in the Calgary area, the fourth costliest disaster in Canada's history, and the country's costliest hailstorm. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Freezing Drizzle and Snow This Weekend - Tracking Polar Air in February?," 28 Jan. 2021 Dressel Farms in Ulster County had a middling year because of a June hailstorm that damaged some of its apples. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "New York Farmers Await State Decision on Overtime," 28 Dec. 2020 Mushrif-Tripathy thinks that a hailstorm was probably involved in one mass death but that most people had likely just died of exposure. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, "The Skeletons at the Lake," 7 Dec. 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 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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