What does sleet mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sleetverb

    partially melted snow (or a mixture of rain and snow)

  2. sleetverb

    precipitate as a mixture of rain and snow

    "If the temperature rises above freezing, it will probably sleet"


  1. sleetnoun

    Rain which freezes before reaching the ground.

  2. sleetnoun

    A mixture of rain and snow.

  3. sleetverb

    To be in a state in which sleet is falling.

    I won't bother going out until it's stopped sleeting.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sleetnoun

    A kind of smooth small hail or snow, not falling in flakes, but single particles.

    Etymology: perhaps from the Danish, slet.

    Now van to van the foremost squadrons meet,
    The midmost battles hastning up behind,
    Who view, far off, the storm of falling sleet,
    And hear their thunder rattling in the wind. Dryden.

    Perpetual sleet and driving snow
    Obscure the skies, and hang on herds below.
    Huge oxen stand inclos’d in wintry walls
    Of snow congeal’d. Dryden.

    Rains would have been poured down, as the vapours became cooler; next sleet, then snow, and ice, and frost. George Cheyne.

  2. To Sleetverb

    To snow in small particles, intermixed with rain.

    Etymology: from the noun.


  1. sleet

    Sleet is a type of precipitation that falls from the sky in the form of small, translucent balls of ice. It is formed when raindrops in the atmosphere pass through a layer of cold air and freeze before reaching the ground. It is common in colder climates and during transitional periods from fall to winter and winter to spring.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sleetnoun

    the part of a mortar extending from the chamber to the trunnions

  2. Sleetnoun

    hail or snow, mingled with rain, usually falling, or driven by the wind, in fine particles

  3. Sleetverb

    to snow or hail with a mixture of rain

  4. Etymology: [OE. sleet; akin to MHG. slz, slze hailstone, G. schlosse; of uncertain origin.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sleet

    slēt, n. rain mingled with snow or hail.—v.i. to hail or snow with rain mingled.—n. Sleet′iness.—adj. Sleet′y. [Scand., Norw. sletta, sleet.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SLEET

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sleet is ranked #54530 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sleet surname appeared 378 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sleet.

    58.4% or 221 total occurrences were Black.
    31.4% or 119 total occurrences were White.
    7.9% or 30 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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Anagrams for sleet »

  1. leets

  2. steel

  3. stele

  4. teles

  5. slete

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleet in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of sleet in a Sentence

  1. Melvin Gidden:

    Sometimes it's stressful because of the heat, sometimes it's stressful because of the rain, but we're out there rain, sleet or snow. We've got to launch them all.

  2. National Weather Service:

    Moderate to significant sleet and freezing rain could be possible across the southern states.

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