Definition of sleet in English:

sleet

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Pronunciation: /sliːt
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1Rain containing some ice, as when snow melts as it falls: driving sleet and rain made conditions horrendous
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    • Snow, sleet, driving rain and gale force winds were sweeping across the north west today (Saturday).
    • During the climb weather conditions deteriorated to such an extent that the group and their guides faced snow, sleet and rain showers during the ascent.
    • Weather experts predict rain and sleet in York and snow on the North York Moors, with temperatures dipping to - 2C or 28.4F tonight.
  • 1.1US A thin coating of ice formed by sleet or rain freezing on coming into contact with a cold surface.
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    • 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 see
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    • 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.

Derivatives

sleety

adjective
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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.

Origin

Middle English: of Germanic origin; probably related to Middle Low German slōten (plural) 'hail' and German Schlosse 'hailstone'.

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