- 1A form of precipitation consisting of ice pellets, often mixed with rain or snow.More example sentences
- Eric headed home alone, I needed time to think, the sleet had turned to rain, but I didn't mind being wet.
- The precipitation was on that borderline between sleet and just frigid rain.
- Conditions were described as mixed hail / sleet / snow.
- 1.1US A thin coating of ice formed by sleet or rain freezing on contact with a cold surface.More example sentences
- Elongated strips of icicles dangled from the sides of the shed ceiling, and a thin film of sleet enveloped everything else.
- It never snowed in Austin, but that morning there was definitely sleet on the ground.
- The wipers went to work, pushing the sleet and snow from the windshield.
verb[no object] (it sleets, it is sleeting, etc.) Back to top
- Sleet falls: it was sleeting so hard we could barely seeMore example sentences
- For all I cared it could've been sleeting down and blowing a gale: I felt better than I had for a long time.
- But it's been sleeting for the last ten minutes and you've been standing out in it.
- It was sleeting, and my team spotted a ribbon of smoke in the forest and wheeled off the road to a campfire, around which huddled six Lithuanian cyclists.
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- When we got out of the car it was blowing an icy, sleety gale.
- By now the snow is easing off and has turned into a sort of swirling sleety rain.
- It will warm up after Tuesday but we should expect more sleety showers coming in from the Atlantic.
Middle English: of Germanic origin; probably related to Middle Low German slōten (plural) 'hail' and German Schlosse 'hailstone'.
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