sleet

noun
\ ˈslēt How to pronounce sleet (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sleety (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sleet in a Sentence

Noun

The snow turned to sleet and made driving very dangerous.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That should be rain, but don’t rule out some sleet pellets Tuesday afternoon. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, "After Monday’s snow, it’ll stay wet for a while," 2 Apr. 2018 New snow and sleet accumulation between 1 to 2inches possible. The Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Winter storm watch: 2-4 inches of snow, higher in spots," 9 Jan. 2018 McWilliams attended one of the woman’s meetings recently, for canvassing training; despite an unexpected spring sleet storm, the meeting was packed. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "The Teachers’ Strike and the Democratic Revival in Oklahoma," 4 June 2017 The chance of precipitation is 90 percent, with new snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible, the weather service said. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore weather: Rain, sleet, snow possible for Monday night into Tuesday," 18 Mar. 2018 Maintenance staff also must clean out snow and sleet from the yurts. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "The Hottest Nightspots This Winter Are Very Cold," 11 Feb. 2019 For cities like Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, DC, that have historically snowy winters, this shift in the average winter low means that snow and sleet could become rarer. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Winters are warming faster than summers. These US cities could lose weeks of freezing days by 2050.," 21 Dec. 2018 Temperatures in the afternoon will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s, along with a lot of clouds and perhaps some drizzle, a shower, or some sleet. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Ahead of Marathon Monday, it’s back to winter temperatures," 13 Apr. 2018 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

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 How to pronounce sleet (audio) \

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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