from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cloud from which hail falls; that portion of a cumulus cloud which represents the so-called hail-stage and within which the temperature is at freezing-point, the cooling due to expansion being just counterbalanced by the evolution of the latent heat of freezing water from the drops of rain that are being frozen.
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There was about her gaze a something heavy, mournful, and boding which old Dave could not understand, but which made him think of the expression she had lifted in the old homesteading days toward the hail-cloud that swept from eastward to beat down their little, hard-sown crop.
While he stood shivering in the frozen wind, the sun, bursting through the hail-cloud, burned his cheeks and hands.
Orion's presence alone hung like a threatening hail-cloud over the sprouting harvest of her peace of mind.
But the wind having blown away the hail-cloud, the stars were again shining down into the hall.
His life was palled with a sudden hail-cloud which hung low, and blotted out color and light and loveliness.
All at once it is gone, broken up and gone, like that hail-cloud.
It proceeded only from the wan reflection of a sickly sunbeam behind me, struggling through the cleft of a dark hail-cloud.