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
- n. Hail or snow mingled with rain, usually in fine particles, and frequently driven by the wind.
- To rain and snow or hail at the same time.
- 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)
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)