- The definition of a gale is a powerful wind, or a loud outburst of emotion.
- An example of a gale is a hurricane.
- An example of a gale is a group of friends standing on a cliff and having fun yelling in unison into a canyon.
Palm trees in a gale.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a strong wind
- Meteorol. a wind ranging in speed from 32 to 63 miles per hour
- Archaic a breeze
- ☆ a loud outburst: a gale of laughter
Origin: prob. from Scand, as inch(es) Shetland Is. dialect, dialectal galder, howling wind, Old Icelandic gal, a howling: for Indo-European base see yell
Origin: Middle English gawel from Old English gagel, akin to German gagel
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- a. A wind with a speed of from 34 to 40 knots (39 to 46 miles per hour; 63 to 74 kilometers per hour), according to the Beaufort scale. Also called fresh gale.b. A storm at sea.
- A forceful outburst: gales of laughter.
- Archaic A breeze.
Origin: Origin unknown.
Origin: Middle English gail, from Old English gagel.