sleet
I. noun Etymology: Middle English slete; akin to Middle High German slōz hailstone Date: 13th century frozen or partly frozen rain • sleety adjective II. intransitive verb Date: 14th century to shower sleet

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  • sleet — /sleet/, n. 1. precipitation in the form of ice pellets created by the freezing of rain as it falls (distinguished from hail). 2. glaze (def. 17). 3. Chiefly Brit. a mixture of rain and snow. v.i. 4. to send down sleet. 5. to fall as or like… …   Universalium

  • Sleet — Sleet, n. [OE. sleet; akin to MHG. sl?z, sl?ze hailstone, G. schlosse; of uncertain origin.] Hail or snow, mingled with rain, usually falling, or driven by the wind, in fine particles. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sleet — [sli:t] n [U] half frozen rain that falls when it is very cold ▪ scattered sleet and snow showers >sleet v ▪ It was sleeting so hard we could barely see for 30 yards. >sleety[i] adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sleet — ► NOUN 1) rain containing some ice, or snow melting as it falls. 2) US a thin coating of ice formed by sleet or rain freezing on coming into contact with a cold surface. ► VERB (it sleets, it is sleeting, etc.) ▪ sleet falls. DERIVATIVES sleety …   English terms dictionary

  • Sleet — Sleet, n. (Gun.) The part of a mortar extending from the chamber to the trunnions. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sleet — Sleet, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sleeted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sleeting}.] To snow or hail with a mixture of rain. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sleet — (n.) c.1300, slete, either from an unrecorded Old English word or via M.H.G. sloz, M.L.G. sloten (pl.) hail, from P.Gmc. *slautjan (Cf. dial. Norw. slutr, Dan. slud, Swed. sloud sleet ), from root *slaut . The verb is attested from early 14c.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • sleet — [slēt] n. [ME slete < OE * sliete, akin to Ger schlosse, hail < IE base * (s)leu , loose, lax > SLUR, SLUG1] 1. partly frozen rain, or rain that freezes as it falls 2. transparent or translucent precipitation in the form of pellets of… …   English World dictionary

  • Sleet — may refer to:*A mixture of snow and rain (particularly in countries where British English is spoken) *Ice pellets (mainly within the United States and Canada) …   Wikipedia

  • Sleet — Donald Don Sleet (* 27. November 1938 in Fort Wayne, Indiana; † 31. Dezember 1986) war ein US amerikanischer Jazz Trompeter. Sleet arbeitete in den 1950er und 1960er Jahren in Kalifornien, u.a mit Howard Rumseys Lighthouse All Stars, der Stan… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • sleet — /slit / (say sleet) noun 1. snow or hail and rain falling together. 2. Chiefly US the frozen coating on trees, wires, and other bodies that sometimes forms when rain or sleet falls at a low temperature. 3. frozen or partly frozen rain. –verb (i)… …   Australian English dictionary

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