- The definition of sleet is a form of precipitation that is halfway between rain and snow and that consists of ice pellets, or a thin coating of ice that forms on the ground when there is freezing rain.
Wet ice pellets that are a mix of rain and snow and that fall in the late fall and early winter are an example of sleet.
- Sleet is the falling of partially frozen rain.
When ice pellets like freezing rain fall from the sky in early winter, this is an example of sleet.
sleet definition by Webster's New World
- partly frozen rain, or rain that freezes as it falls
- transparent or translucent precipitation in the form of pellets of ice that are smaller than 5 mm (.2 in)
- the icy coating formed when rain freezes on trees, streets, etc.
Origin: Middle English slete ; from Old English an unverified form sliete, akin to German schlosse, hail ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)leu-, loose, lax from source slur, slug
- sleety adjective
sleet definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Precipitation consisting of generally transparent frozen or partially frozen raindrops.
- A mixture of rain and snow or hail.
- A thin icy coating that forms when rain or sleet freezes, as on trees or streets.
Origin: Middle English slete, from Old English *slēte.
- sleetˈy adjective
sleet - Science Definition