- to send down sleet.
- to fall as or like sleet.
Origin of sleet
Related Words for sleetrainfall, snow, rain, storm, drizzle, sleet, rainstorm, deluge, hail, torrent, shower, flood, stream, mist, precipitation, monsoon, downpour, drench, spray, sprinkle
Examples from the Web for sleet
Contemporary Examples of sleet
Sleet is rain mixed with snow; there are pellet like snowflakes that fall between warming and cooling fronts.How to Survive a Southern Ice Storm
February 13, 2014
In the past 63 years—through rain, sleet, snow, and bone-chilling cold—there have been 15 inaugural parades.Charlie Brotman, Announcer of Presidential Inaugurals Since Truman’s
January 17, 2013
“Rain, sleet, snow, shark, alien invasions, whatever,” Dobles says.Send This Hurricane Sandy Victim a Card, Please
December 9, 2012
Later, men soaked in sleet walked along the Garden Ring, oblivious to the weather and glowing with happy smiles.Russia Cracks Down on North Caucasus Wedding Gunfire
October 28, 2012
Failure to act could do what rain, sleet, and snow have failed to do--stop the delivery of the mail.The Postal Service Is Fighting for Its Life and Should Be Saved
December 24, 2011
Historical Examples of sleet
A gust of wind and sleet rushed through the opening and stung their faces.The Inn at the Red Oak
But in spite of snow and sleet we filled our days to the brim.A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume I
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Then the sleet came pouring down and shut everything from sight.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Sleet an' rain minglin', an' porridge ice slammin' ont' shore!Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
The weather had been stormy, with frequent showers of sleet and snow.David Elginbrod
- partly melted falling snow or hail or (esp US) partly frozen rain
- mainly US the thin coat of ice that forms when sleet or rain freezes on cold surfaces
- (intr) to fall as sleet
Word Origin for sleet
Word Origin and History for sleet
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.