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

With cold air entrenched over the Chicago area, we are poised to be the recipient of more rain, sleet and snow Wednesday, as another eastward-moving low pressure system tracks overhead. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "More snow Wednesday, then temperatures slowly rebound," 18 Apr. 2018 The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory until 7 p.m. Friday for all of southeast Michigan and advises cautious travel throughout the day Saturday, as periods of freezing rain/sleet are possible before transitioning to snow. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Icy, snowy forecast closes schools throughout metro Detroit," 12 Jan. 2018 With forecasted ice, sleet and snow, some area businesses are encouraging employees to work remotely. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "How Cincinnati's biggest businesses are planning to handle Friday's snowstorm," 11 Jan. 2018 Stellar fit and weather protection make these our four favorite top layers Whether it’s sleet, graupel, drizzle, or downpour, soggy comes in many flavors. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Rain Jackets for Women," 12 Apr. 2018 Thursday added insult to injury with its cold rain, sleet, and a dusting of snow in some areas. Jerome Campbell And Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "Hey — what happened to spring?," 20 Apr. 2018 Following in the top 10 were Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Alex Bowman, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon and Darrell Wallace Jr. Rain, sleet, locusts? Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Kyle Busch wins NASCAR Cup race at Bristol for seventh time," 16 Apr. 2018 Sunday is also forecast to be nasty — rain and freezing rain likely, winds of 20 mph gusting to 30 mph and the possibility of snow and sleet. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weekend forecast: Crummy with lots of rain and possibly snow," 12 Apr. 2018 What starts in the clouds as snow can fall as sleet, rain, freezing rain, or even graupel (snowflakes pocked with rime ice). Geoff Fox, Slate Magazine, "Why Are We So Bad at Predicting How Much Snow We’ll Get?," 3 Jan. 2018

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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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More Definitions for sleet

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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