Definition of Sleet

1. Noun. Partially melted snow (or a mixture of rain and snow).

Generic synonyms: Downfall, Precipitation
Derivative terms: Sleety

2. Verb. Precipitate as a mixture of rain and snow. "It was sleeting all day long "; "If the temperature rises above freezing, it will probably sleet"
Generic synonyms: Come Down, Fall, Precipitate

Definition of Sleet

1. n. The part of a mortar extending from the chamber to the trunnions.

2. n. Hail or snow, mingled with rain, usually falling, or driven by the wind, in fine particles.

3. v. i. To snow or hail with a mixture of rain.

Definition of Sleet

1. Noun. Rain which freezes before reaching the ground. ¹

2. Noun. (chiefly British) A mixture of rain and snow. ¹

3. Verb. (impersonal of the weather) To be in a state in which sleet is falling. ¹

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Definition of Sleet

1. to shower sleet (frozen rain) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sleet

sleepy cod
sleepy dust
sleepy head
sleepy sickness
sleet (current term)
sleeve board
sleeve graft
sleeve notes

Literary usage of Sleet

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1911)
"He says, " sleet had already started to form on the conductors, and was still falling when the tests were started. Fig. 57, (of his paper), shows the loss ..."

2. The Weather and Climate of Chicago by Henry Joseph Cox, John Howard Armington (1914)
"Heavy and damaging storms of snow, sleet, and ice.—It is desired in this connection to make some reference to the most damaging storms of snow, sleet, ..."

3. A Complete Course of Meteorology by Ludwig Friedrich Kämtz, Léon Louis Chrétien Lalanne, Charles Martins (1845)
"sleet always falls during gales, and when the weather is variable. ... I consider these gusts as a necessary condition for the formation of sleet. ..."

4. Annals and Magazine of Natural History by William Jardine (1855)
"Cloudy AM : sleet-showers PM 8. Showers AM : sleet-showers PM 9. Showers AM and PM 10. Bright AM : snow PM 11. Cloudy AM : showers PM 12. sleet-showers ..."

5. Electric Railway Handbook: A Reference Book of Practice Data, Formulas and by Albert Sutton Richey, William Charles Greenough (1915)
"The effect of the sleet on the overrunning unprotected third rail was so bad ... In places where the wind caused the sleet to distribute entirely over the ..."

6. Every Day in the Year: A Poetical Epitome of the World's History by James Lauren Ford, Mary K. Ford (1902)
"Was his dear face cold in the pelting rain, Or numbed by the blinding sleet? Barefoot through the blinding sleet! Was he pale from the pain, the hunger pain ..."

7. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1909)
"sleet HENRY CHADWICK The storm has summoned myriads of swift sprites To glaze each bough and rock with armor cold ; But dawn will charm the clouds to ..."

8. The Sciences: A Reading Book for Children : Astronomy, Physics-- Heat, Light by Edward Singleton Holden (1902)
"Hail and Snow and sleet. — "I suppose hail is nothing but frozen rain," said Mary. Agnes. And snow and sleet, too, for that matter. Tom. ..."

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