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 On a mid-April morning, with skies spitting snow and sleet, our packer, Mike Root, helped Koch, photographer Tom Fowlks, and me into the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Getting Lost in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness," 2 June 2020 Through rain, sleet, hail, and even a pandemic, mail carriers serve every address in the United States, but the coronavirus crisis is shaking the foundation of the U.S. Postal Service in new and dire ways. Author: Jacob Bogage, Anchorage Daily News, "White House rejects bailout for U.S. Postal Service battered by coronavirus," 12 Apr. 2020 Through rain, sleet, hail and even a pandemic, mail carriers serve every address in the United States, but the crisis is shaking the foundation of the U.S. Postal Service in new and dire ways. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, "White House rejects bailout for Postal Service battered by coronavirus," 11 Apr. 2020 Whether North Texas sees sleet, snow, or just rain next week is still uncertain, according to Juan Herndanez, a weather service meteorologist. Dallas News, "The first weekend of February will feel like spring in Dallas-Fort Worth, with highs in the 70s," 31 Jan. 2020 New York may get sleet starting late Wednesday followed by a shift to rain by early Thursday as commuters head into work, said Bob Oravec, a senior branch forecaster at the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Brian K Sullivan, Bloomberg.com, "Winter Storm to Slip by New York, Leaving City With Mostly Rain," 10 May 2020 For 30 minutes, Cox, a graduate student, was trapped outside with sleet pelting him on an unseasonably frigid day in College Station. Safia Samee Ali, NBC News, "30 years after Americans with Disability Act, college students with disabilities say law is not enough," 2 Mar. 2020 This clash will lead to a swath of snow from Texas to New England and sleet from the Midwest to the mid-Atlantic. Holly Yan, CNN, "A deadly storm that spawned 2 tornadoes now threatens millions with flooding, heavy snow and ice," 6 Feb. 2020 The Ortholite footbed integrates EVA and memory foam for exceeding comfort, and seam-sealing means the boot won’t falter in the face of rain, slush, or sleet. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Score a Great Deal on New Boots During the Zappos Winter Event," 5 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The snow will likely mix will sleet and freezing rain by 9 p.m. Sunday. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Sunday storm could bring 6 inches of snow to parts of Connecticut," 28 Nov. 2019 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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Cite this Entry

“Sleet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sleet. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for sleet

sleet

noun
How to pronounce sleet (audio)

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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