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[heyl-stohn] /ˈheɪlˌstoʊn/
a pellet of hail.
Origin of hailstone
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hagolstān. See hail2, stone
Related forms
hailstoned, adjective Unabridged
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  • Fassig lists a quartz pebble, found in a hailstone (Bibliography, part 2-355).

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • The famous collection of the late Mrs. hailstone was sold in 1909.

  • From a broadside in Mr. hailstone's coll., collated with one penes me.

    The Ballads and Songs of Yorkshire C. J. Davison Ingledew
  • This hailstone is said to have fallen upon the estate of Mr. Moffat of Ord.

  • My orderly picked up one hailstone outside and brought it in to us.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • One of our men received a severe bruise on his head, caused by a hailstone.

  • Bozeman is only three miles from here, yet not one hailstone, not one drop of rain did they get there.

  • Even as the slinger distinctly sends the stone out of his sling, so the path of every hailstone is marked by the Divine power.

    Talks To Farmers Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • A thunder-storm came on at this moment, and such a heavy hail-storm that every hailstone weighed a pennyweight.

    Heimskringla Snorri Sturlason
  • A deadly fear struck on Neville's heart, cold as a hailstone on an opening rose.

    Sir Christopher Maud Wilder Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for hailstone


a pellet of hail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hailstone

Old English hagolstan; see hail (n.) + stone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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