Definition of sleet in English:

sleet

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Rain containing some ice, as when snow melts as it falls.

    ‘driving sleet and rain made conditions horrendous’
    • ‘However, if rain, sleet or snow are on the weather menu, who knows?’
    • ‘The lower-lying southern part of the country was also expected to be affected by sleet and snow showers.’
    • ‘She just hoped they would arrive before the ever-darkening clouds let loose with a soaking rain, sleet, or snow.’
    • ‘The sheer variety and unpredictability of our weather is a unique characteristic of this country - an often constantly changing kaleidoscope of sun, wind, rain, sleet and snow.’
    • ‘The bad conditions were caused when the snow, sleet and rain which fell yesterday froze later in the evening.’
    • ‘Snow, sleet, driving rain and gale force winds were sweeping across the north west today (Saturday).’
    • ‘Northerly weather can bring cold conditions with snow and sleet in the winter, and cool, showery rain in the summer, particularly along the Eastern edge of Britain.’
    • ‘Temperatures rose overnight and the snow was replaced by sleet and rain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rain, hail, sleet or snow, the game will continue and no overs will be lost.’
    • ‘The snow fell outside, sleet tapping on the window.’
    • ‘Be prepared to fish in hostile conditions of rain, sleet and snow with a chill wind biting your flesh, and with weed clogging your line.’
    • ‘Weather experts predict rain and sleet in York and snow on the North York Moors, with temperatures dipping to - 2C or 28.4F tonight.’
    • ‘Showers, sometimes of sleet or snow will not be uncommon when the wind is in the north or north-west.’
    • ‘We had sunshine, rain, hail and sleet and incredibly strong winds throughout the day.’
    • ‘So many people standing in all the rain, sleet and snow.’
    • ‘Snow, sleet and rain had swept Britain during the night.’
    • ‘You have to have a real commitment to do that in rain, sleet and snow.’
    • ‘So far the team have had to put up with rain, sleet and snow but are confident they will finish the challenge.’
    • ‘Precipitation occurs in a variety of forms, including fog, drizzle, rain, sleet, hail, and snow.’
    1. 1.1US A thin coating of ice formed by sleet or rain freezing on coming into contact with a cold surface.
      • ‘They're pretty slick from the sleet that's built up.’
      • ‘The wipers went to work, pushing the sleet and snow from the windshield.’
      • ‘Elongated strips of icicles dangled from the sides of the shed ceiling, and a thin film of sleet enveloped everything else.’
      • ‘They slip and fall all over the place as the sleet is piling up.’
      • ‘It never snowed in Austin, but that morning there was definitely sleet on the ground.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Sleet falls.

    ‘it was sleeting so hard we could barely see’
    • ‘Wind and sleeting rain found its way into the tavern as a man stepped in.’
    • ‘There are two inches of snow on the course and it was snowing and sleeting there today.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But it's been sleeting for the last ten minutes and you've been standing out in it.’
    • ‘Life is still much the same: a constant battle against the elements, as wind and sleeting rain batter the coal-mining land to black slush and mud.’
    • ‘The next crossing was the Birch Creek Valley, and it was sleeting.’
    • ‘Two minutes later, it was sleeting and hailing, we were both soaked to the skin, and we were both miserable.’
    • ‘Car windows are always better open, even if it is raining, sleeting, or well below freezing outside.’
    • ‘He saw the shafts sleet down across the fort, and his heart rejoiced, for surely nothing could live under the merciless beating of that steel-pointed blizzard!’
    • ‘What about taking photographs when it's actually snowing or sleeting?’
    • ‘A rain machine sends water sleeting down as two carriages lumber into action and Fagin's lone figure hobbles back along the street.’
    • ‘A couple of months ago it was snowing and sleeting but the group still managed to get people out.’
    • ‘Well, it may be raining, it may be sleeting, it may be freezing on the streets of Philadelphia, but that hasn't prevented hundreds from coming out to say they're against this war.’
    • ‘I could walk to the tube… but that isn't an appealing prospect when it's sleeting!’
    • ‘It starts to sleet and the judge, Papa, and Grandpa want to turn back.’
    • ‘For all I cared it could've been sleeting down and blowing a gale: I felt better than I had for a long time.’
    • ‘All was silent for a while as the pair of them watched the rain sleeting down from the cloudy sky above, not halting once on its flight to the ground.’
    • ‘The wind had been howling for three days now, a storm from the east that whistled across the high tops and dumped sudden squalls of sleeting rain in the valleys.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

sleet

/sliːt/