sleety


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sleet

 (slēt)
n.
1. Precipitation consisting of small ice pellets formed by the freezing of raindrops or of melted snowflakes.
2. A mixture of rain and snow or hail.
3. A thin icy coating that forms when rain or sleet freezes, as on trees or streets.
intr.v. sleet·ed, sleet·ing, sleets
To shower sleet.

[Middle English slete, probably from Old English *slēte; akin to German Schlosse, hail.]

sleet′y adj.
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Adj.1.sleety - consisting of or of the nature of frozen or partially frozen rain
frozen - turned into ice; affected by freezing or by long and severe cold; "the frozen North"; "frozen pipes"; "children skating on a frozen brook"
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A fine, sleety snow was beginning to fall, and everyone was afraid of another storm and anxious to have the burial over with.
There had been a heavy snow, and now a thaw had set in; fine sleety rain was falling, driven by a wind that pierced Jurgis to the bone.
This second tedious captivity drew to an end in the course of time, and again a great crowd of sympathizing fellow students gave him a rousing reception as he came forth; but his delight in his freedom was so boundless that he could not proceed soberly and calmly, but must go hopping and skipping and jumping down the sleety street from sheer excess of joy.
Such a man, to quit the tranquillity and independence of his own fireside, and on the evening of a cold sleety April day rush out again into the world
Then, when the loading finally began, a sleety rain was coming down once more, and the tree trunks were so slippery that it took twice as long as usual to lift them and get them in place on the sledge.
In doing which she lost her temper, or mislaid it for an instant; for, the water being uncomfortably cold, and in that slippy, slushy, sleety sort of state wherein it seems to penetrate through every kind of substance, patten rings included-- had laid hold of Mrs.
Suddenly an influx of light filled my house, though the evening was at hand, and the clouds of winter still overhung it, and the eaves were dripping with sleety rain.
There is a chance of wintry showers with the colder temperatures and it could be a bit sleety out there.
At low levels it will be more of a sleety, snowy mixture.
Matthew Martin, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: "At first the showers will be sleety but we expect some accumulations by the morning in Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern Wales and northern and central England.
During the morning heavy rain will move away south hour by hour Wednesday" east, perhaps turning sleety as it clears and sunshine breaks through by midday.
Forecasters say sleety conditions and gale-force winds could cause disruption on the region's roads and rail network.