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.

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The National Weather Service in Sullivan issued a winter weather advisory for the eastern half of the state Saturday and Sunday, forecasting a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain in south-central and southeastern Wisconsin. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winter Storm Evelyn set to shatter record for April storms in northeastern Wisconsin," 14 Apr. 2018 The sleet and snow coupled with the freezing temperatures iced over interstates and roadways across the New Orleans area, shutting down Interstate 10, Interstate 610 and several other major thoroughfares Wednesday. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "Baby dead after car plunges into Metairie canal; mother still critical: JPSO," 17 Jan. 2018 Carrie Blackmore Smith and Cameron Knight/The Enquirer Cameron Knight/The Enquirer Communities are issuing snow emergencies due to the threat of freezing rain, sleet and snow Friday evening into Saturday. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Are you on the list? Greater Cincinnati communities declare snow emergencies," 12 Jan. 2018 Hardshells are a bit heavier, but the shell adds more protection, both to the tent during transportation, and to you during inclement weather like sleet or thunderstorms. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Rooftop Tents for Far-Out (and Closer-to-Home) Adventures," 26 Apr. 2019 There's a slight chance of sleet between midnight and 1 a.m. Wednesday. Mike Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "More rain, flooding possible in southern Wisconsin," 19 Feb. 2018 Robert Rhoden captured this video of sleet falling on the North Shore. 7:45 p.m. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Wintry weather hits New Orleans: live updates," 17 Jan. 2018 The snow was projected to turn into sleet and freezing rain by midday, adding to already treacherous driving conditions. ... Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "Winter Storm Disrupts Travel and Work in Washington, D.C.," 20 Feb. 2019 In the fall of 2017, off a gravel road near the Blackfeet reservation’s border with the national park, a band of five searchers follows Kimberly through the sleet into the yellowing brush. Eric Ogden, Marie Claire, "The Invisible Victims," 10 June 2019

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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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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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