Discovering it to be sleeting, he returned for his overcoat.
It had been sleeting and the pavements here and there were still icy.
Each company was drawn up in line in its barracks—it was sleeting outside.
Last night it was sleeting just a little, and he had to have a taxi-cab.
They pelted down the street and into the first sleeting showers coming out of a sky that was now dirty grey and low.
The night was bitter bad, black as a Fuzzy and sleeting out of the foothills like manslaughter.
Muriel turned to look out of the window toward the town, but all that she could see was the grey, sleeting, wind-driven rain.
The weather had changed, and it was sleeting, but anything was better than the drawing room.
It was snowing—or rather, sleeting, in the half-hearted, fitful way to which Londoners are accustomed.
It was an awful night, raining and sleeting—but he took no notice of the weather.
c.1300, slete, either from an unrecorded Old English *slete, *slyte, related to Middle High German sloz, Middle Low German sloten (plural) "hail," from Proto-Germanic *slautjan- (cf. dialectal Norwegian slutr, Danish slud, Swedish sloud "sleet"), from root *slaut-.
early 14c., from sleet (n.). Related: Sleeted; sleeting.
Precipitation that falls to earth in the form of frozen or partially frozen raindrops, often when the temperature is near the freezing point. Sleet usually leaves the cloud in the form of snow that melts as it passes through warm layers of air during its descent. The raindrops and partially melted snowflakes then freeze in the colder layers nearer the earth before striking the ground as pellets of ice, which usually bounce. By contrast,hail forms by the accumulation of layers of ice on the hailstone as it moves up and down in the cloud, and hailstones can become much larger than sleet pellets. The word sleet is also used informally to describe a mixture of snow, sleet, and rain.