Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Precipitation consisting of generally transparent frozen or partially frozen raindrops.
  • n. A mixture of rain and snow or hail.
  • n. A thin icy coating that forms when rain or sleet freezes, as on trees or streets.
  • intransitive v. To shower sleet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mixture of rain and snow.
  • n. Rain which freezes before reaching the ground.
  • v. To be in a state in which sleet is falling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The part of a mortar extending from the chamber to the trunnions.
  • n. Hail or snow, mingled with rain, usually falling, or driven by the wind, in fine particles.
  • intransitive v. To snow or hail with a mixture of rain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rain and snow or hail at the same time.
  • n. Hail or snow mingled with rain, usually in fine particles, and frequently driven by the wind.
  • n. In gunnery, that part of a mortar which passes from the chamber to the trunnions for strengthening the chamber.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. precipitate as a mixture of rain and snow
  • n. partially melted snow (or a mixture of rain and snow)

Etymologies

Middle English slete, from Old English *slēte.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
According to Skeat, the author of Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, it is from Old Norse origin - slydda (whence Danish slud); akin to Middle High German sloz (German Schloße). (Wiktionary)

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