- to send down sleet.
- to fall as or like sleet.
Origin of sleet
Examples from the Web for sleeting
It was an awful night, raining and sleeting—but he took no notice of the weather.Heart and Science
It had been sleeting and the pavements here and there were still icy.Philip Dru: Administrator
Edward Mandell House
Last night it was sleeting just a little, and he had to have a taxi-cab.Just Around the Corner
It was then sleeting from the north, consequently I had to face it.A Texas Cow Boy
Chas. A. Siringo
Discovering it to be sleeting, he returned for his overcoat.The Rules of the Game
Stewart Edward White
- 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 and History for sleeting
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.