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[heyl-stohn] /ˈheɪlˌstoʊn/
a pellet of hail.
Origin of hailstone
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hagolstān. See hail2, stone
Related forms
hailstoned, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hailstone
  • Eventually, the hailstone becomes too heavy for the updrafts to support it.
  • As the hailstone rises and falls, super-cooled water droplets freeze to its surface, enlarging it.
  • Aggregate hailstone approximately six inches in diameter.
  • There is a half dollar to the left of the hailstone.
  • Report size of largest hailstone, using the largest diameter of an odd-shaped hailstone.
  • Many times, it is easier to determine the size of a hailstone by comparing it to common objects.
British Dictionary definitions for hailstone


a pellet of hail
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Word Origin and History for hailstone

Old English hagolstan; see hail (n.) + stone (n.).

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