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 Portland Trail Blazers’ four-game winning streak ended in a hailstorm of three-point baskets in Atlanta on Monday night. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers’ winning streak halted by Atlanta Hawks’ sharpshooting duo of Gallinari and Bogdanovic during 123-114 defeat: Game rewind," 4 May 2021 Tribal leaders in northeastern Wisconsin were in shock Sunday hours after a gunman opened fire at a casino complex, killing two people and wounding another in what witnesses described as a hailstorm of bullets. Mike Roemer, chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin tribal leaders in shock after 2 killed in a hailstorm of bullets at casino," 2 May 2021 People involved suggest this damage was from an even less lucky bird caught in the hailstorm. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Holy Moly, Look How a Bird Flattened This Plane's Nose Cone," 8 July 2020 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

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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 17 May. 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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