• WordNet 3.6
    • n hailstone small pellet of ice that falls during a hailstorm
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1864, A Quebec farmer found a frog inside a hailstone
    • n Hailstone A single particle of ice falling from a cloud; a frozen raindrop; a pellet of hail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The largest known hailstone to have fallen was in Germany in 1925, which weighed close to four and a half pounds.
    • n hailstone A single pellet of hail. See hail.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On September 3, 1970, a hailstone was found in Coffeyville, Kansas that was eight inches in diameter and weighed 1.67 pounds.
    • Hailstone a single stone or ball of hail
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hagol; Ger. hagel.


In literature:

The hailstones were thick on the ground.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
Shells rained on us like hailstones.
"World's War Events, Vol. II" by Various
The famous collection of the late Mrs. Hailstone was sold in 1909.
"Chats on Old Lace and Needlework" by Emily Leigh Lowes
The rain swirled furiously against the windows, and a swift rush of hailstones beat a fierce tattoo on the roof.
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
The cracked chimney fell from its moorings, and, striking a teacup, spattered broken glass over the table like hailstones.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
The clouds cannonaded, the hailstones poured their volleys, the surf mounted to the assault.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
The frightful hailstones of this curse have struck the white rose too heavily.
"Saga of Halfred the Sigskald" by Felix Dahn
Suddenly the hailstones ceased, and they spied their dreadful enemy swinging furiously back on his thick five-foot arms.
"The Three Mulla-mulgars" by Walter De La Mare
At the brightness before him his thick clouds passed, Hailstones and coals of fire.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
The hailstones were like small marbles.
"My Diary in Serbia: April 1, 1915-Nov. 1, 1915" by Monica M. Stanley
The hailstones seemed to impel each other forward.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
A hailstone is a curious formation of snow and ice, and most of the large hailstones are conglomerate in their composition.
"Nature's Miracles, Volume 1" by Elisha Gray
One of our men received a severe bruise on his head, caused by a hailstone.
"Journal of a Trip to California" by Charles W. Smith
Then a sudden idea fell like a hailstone out of the heavens themselves.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
At their return there was a terrible storm, accompanied by hailstones as big as hazel nuts.
"Bartholomew Sastrow" by Bartholomew Sastrow
Had not their motion through the air something to do with the shape of these hailstones?
"The Glaciers of the Alps" by John Tyndall
This morning I walked out to Hailstone, nearly three miles on the Lutterworth road, and got my breakfast there.
"Rural Rides" by William Cobbett
It kept growing dark, and the hailstones came thicker, and hit me in the face.
"The William Henry Letters" by Abby Morton Diaz
The side-path is whitened with big hailstones; red torrents tear with ferocious speed and violence down the steep incline.
"Alas!" by Rhoda Broughton
Some of the hailstones measured six inches in circumference.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie

In poetry:

Men's hearts at thy roaring
Quiver like harebells
Smitten by hailstones,
Smitten and shaken.
"March" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
On this spot wan Winter casts
Eyes of ruth, and spares its green
From his bitter sea-nursed blasts,
Spears of rain and hailstones keen.
"Araluen" by Henry Kendall
And she sat knitting by the fire
While pussy frolicked at her feet;
And ever roared the tempest higher,
And ever harder the hailstones beat.
"Fido" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
The plumed staff officer gallops
Along the swaying line,
That shakes as, beaten by hailstones,
Shakes the loaded autumn vine;
And the earth beneath is reddened,
But not with the stain of wine.
"One Day's Command" by Anonymous Americas
I'm telling you now how strange seasons fall.
We have here rain and sleet in the month of July,
And hailstones as big as a small cannon-ball —
And they do as much harm — not a word of a lie!
"Paddy's Letter, 1857" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Residents are reporting hailstones the size of golf balls and spectacular lightning strikes during the storm that started just before 6.30pm.
Colorado State Climatologist Now Keeping Official Hailstone Records.
Largest hailstone ever to hit Hawaii confirmed.
Record-setting hailstone from the Hawaii 'supercell' thunderstorm that hit the Hawaiian island of Oahu on March 9, 2012.
On July 23, a record-setting 1.9375-pound hailstone with a circumference of 18.6 inches hit the ground during a powerful storm and brief tornado around rural Vivian, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
This photo taken July 24, 2010 provided by the NOAA National Weather Service shows a hailstone that was found by a ranch hand in Vivian, S.D.
The hailstone has set US records.
The hailstones were so big they were breaking car windows.
My dad saved one of those hailstones and kept it in the freezer for years.
Garland Hailstone Click to enlarge.
I got caught out in the hail storm and received a direct hi on the shoulder with a baseball sized hailstone .
Largest Hailstone found from Jupiter road to 635.
Hailstone, a half brother to TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr IT) winner.
Decker Elementary School teacher Kim Jeter faced her fourth-grade class and began reading "Hailstones and Halibut Bones.".
Hailstones the size of golf balls or ping-pong balls built up into 4-foot-deep drifts in a sparsely populated region of Potter County, Tex.

In science:

The conjecture is also known as the 3n + 1 conjecture, as the Ulam conjecture (after Stanislaw Ulam), or as the Syracuse problem; the sequence of numbers involved is referred to as the hailstone sequence or hailstone numbers, or as wondrous numbers per Gödel, Escher, Bach.
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