from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pellet of hail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A single ball of hail.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A single particle of ice falling from a cloud; a frozen raindrop; a pellet of hail.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A single pellet of hail. See hail.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small pellet of ice that falls during a hailstorm
Federal climate officials have confirmed the hailstone is the heaviest ever recorded on the continent.
A shower of rain drove down upon us, each drop stinging like a hailstone.
Dionne Searcey/The Wall Street Journal Mr. Scott let National Weather Service meteorologists cast molds of the hailstone at their lab in Boulder, but he wouldn't let them dissect it.
National Weather Service The hailstone, here being weighed on an official postal scale at the tiny U.S. Post Office in Vivian, was one of many huge ones that pummeled the town's roofs and pockmarked cars and pickup trucks last summer.
National Weather Service Mr. Scott keeps his hailstone, one of his prized possessions, in his white, upright Montgomery Ward Signature frost-free freezer in the basement of his house.
Les Scott holds the U.S. record for the two-pound hailstone that fell from the sky during a major thunderstorm in Vivian, S.D., on July 23 last year.
The growth of a hailstone is generally quite uniform, and it ends up roughly spherical.
White layers of soft ice build up when the nascent hailstone gathers supercooled water droplets and ice crystals.
Slice open a hailstone and you'll find a series of concentric rings, like the layers of an onion.
A hailstone repeatedly falls and is carried up by air currents as it grows inside a cloud, until it is too heavy to support.