Definition of hailstone in US English:



  • A pellet of hail.

    • ‘We were the only family in Johannesburg to collect hailstones to use as ice cubes by placing a bucket on the kitchen table directly below the leak in the roof.’
    • ‘A holiday jet plunged thousands of feet as it was pelted with massive hailstones and struck by lightning on its way to Manchester Airport.’
    • ‘Whilst I've been at work we've had thunder and lightning, torrential rain, hailstones and wind.’
    • ‘The first thunderclap brought down raindrops and hailstones as big as marbles.’
    • ‘And despite some worries last night (involving thunder, lightning, and hailstones the size of marbles), the weather has turned out reasonably well.’
    • ‘Thunder, lightning and hailstones battered the field at Carpvale on Sunday making long pole fishing a game for only the most foolhardy for long spells of the contest.’
    • ‘Hail showers are quite common over the British Isles in westerly and northerly airstreams in spring, but really large hailstones tend to occur in the south and are very much a feature of Summer months.’
    • ‘I endured winter blizzards, biting gale force winds, pouring rain, fog, hailstones, and the energy-sapping humidity of midsummer.’
    • ‘In the middle of an incessant thunderstorm, with hailstones making vision almost impossible, feeling cold and hungry, 50 miles from home, the enormity of what I was letting myself in for began to sink in.’
    • ‘Positively charged ice crystals rise to the top of the thunderstorm, and negatively charged ice particles and hailstones drop to the lower parts of the storm.’
    • ‘While hailstones are ice, hail is mostly a summer phenomena because the strong thunderstorms needed to produce hail are much more common during warm weather.’
    • ‘The really big hailstones usually accompany ferocious thunderstorms that produce tornados.’
    • ‘Spring will get off to a dismal start today with gales, hailstones and thunder storms.’
    • ‘On day three of the trip we stumbled into a cafe in a tiny fishing hamlet after a three-hour drive from the last human habitation, through barren lava fields battered by hailstones and gales.’
    • ‘Snow and hailstones fell in a number of areas on Wednesday night last.’
    • ‘I don't think I've ever experienced hailstones and glorious sunshine simultaneously before.’
    • ‘The start of the second half was greeted by a downpour of hailstones, and spectators ran for cover, leaving the players to battle it out on the pitch.’
    • ‘At about two a tremendous dust storm came in followed by hailstones as big as cricket balls.’
    • ‘In a thunderstorm with fast-rising air, supercooled water droplets can freeze and grow into hailstones as other supercooled drops hit them and freeze.’
    • ‘Showers of sleet, snow and hailstones will continue up to the weekend but there will be clear spells with the possibility of sunshine breaking through in the latter half of the week.’
    frozen rain, hailstones, sleet, precipitation
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