sleet

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English, from a Germanic language. Skeat, the author of Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, suggests Old Norse slydda (whence Danish slud).[1] The term is akin to dialectal German Schloße (large hailstone).

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sleet (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly UK) A mixture of rain and snow.
  2. Rain which freezes before reaching the ground.
  3. (firearms) Part of a mortar extending from the chamber to the trunnions.

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sleet (third-person singular simple present sleets, present participle sleeting, simple past and past participle sleeted)

  1. (impersonal, of the weather) To be in a state in which sleet is falling.
    I won't bother going out until it's stopped sleeting.

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  1. ^ Skeat (in German) considers the English word “sleet” to be a loanword from Scandinavia and cites the Norwegian word “sletta.”

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sleet ? (uncountable)

  1. wear

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sleet

  1. singular past indicative of slijten
  2. second- and third-person singular present indicative of sleeën
  3. plural imperative of sleeën

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