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freezing rain

rain that falls as a liquid but freezes into glaze upon contact with the ground.
Origin of freezing rain
First recorded in 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Result: the snowflakes didn't have a chance to melt, not even to freezing rain.

    Summer Snow Storm Adam Chase
  • His garments were frozen stiff, and altogether he resembled a bronze statue of Franklin after a freezing rain storm.

  • I was lashed by a freezing rain, my numb hands were cut and bleeding, and there were ten weary miles still ahead.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • No mountains seen through riffs in storm clouds and between marching columns of freezing rain could seem pleasant to them.

  • If a substantial layer of ice is expected to accumulate from the freezing rain, an ice storm is forecast.

    In Time Of Emergency Department of Defense
  • By this time, it was dark, with a freezing rain covering everything with ice.

    Rebel Raider H. Beam Piper
  • Every muscle and sinew in me was wracked, while I stood in a driving wind and freezing rain.

    An Artilleryman's Diary Jenkin Lloyd Jones

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