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hailstone

[heyl-stohn]
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noun
  1. a pellet of hail.
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Origin of hailstone

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hagolstān. See hail2, stone
Related formshail·stoned, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hailstone

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for hailstone

hailstone

noun
  1. a pellet of hail
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Word Origin and History for hailstone

n.

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

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