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[heyl-stawrm] /ˈheɪlˌstɔrm/
a storm with hail.
Origin of hailstorm
First recorded in 1675-85; hail2 + storm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Sometimes a hailstorm ruins the year's crop, frost blights the plants, and losses occur in other ways.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • I glanced out on the water, and the spattering shot were like a hailstorm.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • We could only see their heads at first, tucked down into it as a man bends when he hurries into a hailstorm.

    Letters from France C. E. W. Bean
  • He was aware of the hailstorm of boulders that were thick in the air.

  • The hounds came to a check, and a hailstorm came on, and all the gentlemen went into a little shebeen house for shelter.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • "I don't think it will be as bad as it was during that hailstorm," answered Tom.

    The Rover Boys in the Air Edward Stratemeyer
  • The beaten army fled many miles towards the west35 and the south, and in their flight they were struck down by a hailstorm.

  • Fort Duchesne was still in sight when a hailstorm struck us.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
British Dictionary definitions for hailstorm


a storm during which hail falls
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hailstorm

1690s, from hail (n.) + storm (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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