sleet

noun
\ ˈslēt \

Definition of sleet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: frozen or partly frozen rain

sleet

verb
sleeted; sleeting; sleets

Definition of sleet (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to shower sleet

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Other Words from sleet

Noun

sleety \ ˈslē-​tē \ adjective

Examples of sleet in a Sentence

Noun

The snow turned to sleet and made driving very dangerous.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Margo Miller thanked her hosts, covered herself in a blue poncho and headed back into the driving sleet Saturday morning, with more doors to knock in this rural subdivision but with another new volunteer's name on her clipboard. Thomas Beaumont And Scott Bauer, chicagotribune.com, "Former epicenter of GOP resurgence, Dems see Wisconsin as ground zero for their party's revival," 19 Apr. 2018 The sleet could be heavy at times Saturday night, the weather service said, with gusts of wind up to 40 mph. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winter Storm Evelyn set to shatter record for April storms in northeastern Wisconsin," 14 Apr. 2018 The sleet wetted them, the snow buried them, the furious wind exhausted them, fairly beat the life out of them. Mike Newall, Philly.com, "Inquirer's breathless coverage of an 1888 blizzard shows Philly's always been nuts about the weather| Mike Newall," 22 Mar. 2018 According to AccuWeather, the day of the thundersnow- and sleet-ridden #BlizzardProm was the second-snowiest April day on record for Minneapolis, from which Forest Lake is about 30 minutes away. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Minnesota firehouse welcomes teens for #BlizzardProm photo shoot," 17 Apr. 2018 As snow and sleet fell outside their meeting room window, the Maryland State School Board voted Tuesday against allowing the city to have one less school day than the 180 days required by law. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore City must find one more school day after state board denies waiver request," 20 Mar. 2018 The closures had been set for this week, but were postponed due to the ice that coated roadways across the region after rare snow and sleet fell. Michael Democker, NOLA.com, "New Orleans Fire Department battles blaze in 7th Ward," 20 Jan. 2018 Read more: The cold and the snow and the sleet and the rain have been the story of the season. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers (and MLB) have a weather problem. Blame climate change?," 17 Apr. 2018 Snow, sleet and a light freezing rain should move through Baton Rouge Tuesday afternoon before getting to New Orleans in the evening. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "Snow, ice possible Tuesday night in New Orleans metro; hard freeze warning issued," 16 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Imagine being chained 24/7 (in the) blazing heat, freezing ice, or sleeting rain. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Pet proposals in Texas — saving dogs, cats left in hot cars, banning bestiality and more," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of sleet

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sleet

Noun

Middle English slete; akin to Middle High German slōz hailstone

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The first known use of sleet was in the 13th century

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sleet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sleet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: frozen or partly frozen rain

sleet

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sleet (Entry 2 of 2)

—used with it to say that sleet is falling

sleet

noun
\ ˈslēt \

Kids Definition of sleet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: frozen or partly frozen rain

sleet

verb
sleeted; sleeting

Kids Definition of sleet (Entry 2 of 2)

: to shower sleet

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