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

Definition of hailstorm

: a storm accompanied by hail

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Photo: Harry How/Getty Images On Sunday, play was interrupted by a torrential hailstorm. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Is This the Year Phil Mickelson Wins the U.S. Open?," 11 Feb. 2019 Coach Juan Carlos Osorio, the object of their affections, arrived in Russia this month beneath a hailstorm of criticism from all corners of Mexico. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Love Story: Mexico Wins Again and Its Fans Roar for the Coach," 24 June 2018 Long’s men, often parched and starving, battled a violent hailstorm, sometimes resorted to eating their horses, and negotiated their way past a band of Kiowa-Apaches. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Christoforou’s attempts to grow grapes were dashed by rare hailstorms that hit the island in the first few days of June. NBC News, "Cyprus turns off taps to farmers as fresh water levels drop," 22 June 2018 Stone Circle was scheduled to have its first activation in late April, but a last-minute hailstorm threw a wrench in the plans. Michael Agresta, WIRED, "Marfa, Texas Is Getting Its Own Solar-Powered Stonehenge," 16 May 2018 How about parking yourself in a hailstorm with chunks of ice as large as softballs pummeling the ground around you? Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Inside the ‘bear’s cage’: Watch huge hail bombard a storm chaser’s truck," 8 May 2018 This hailstorm of events would have sent the average celebrity straight into hiding, but not Giada, 40. Lori Berger, Redbook, "Giada De Laurentiis on Men, Trust, and Tabloid Lies," 18 Jan. 2011 Other European producers, including France and Spain, were also hit by environmental factors such as hailstorms and frosts in 2017 that negatively impacted their harvests. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Your Favorite Cheap Wine May Be Getting More Expensive," 25 Apr. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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