The definition of hail is a type of precipitation made up of small balls of ice.
How Hail Is Formed
- During the day, the ground is heated by the sun. Eventually the warmer air moves up into the air and cools down. Hot air rises because it is less dense than cool air.
- While it is rising and cooling down, it is not able to hold as much moisture as when it starts out. Eventually, the water vapor condenses, forming the clouds when hail originates.
- As the water is condensing, it releases heat in the surrounding areas. The air starts to rise faster and produce more moisture, due to this condensation process.
- The winds in these particular clouds can reach speeds of 110 miles per hour. Hail grows in the main updraft of the cloud, from a supercharged area of energy.
- Hail grows in these areas because this is where the cloud has retained some moisture. This is called "supercooled" liquid because even though it is at or below the freezing point, it has still remained in liquid form.
- This supercooled water need something on which to freeze, and it will attach to ice, dust, salt from the ocean, or frozen raindrops. When these elements combine, hail is formed.
An example of hail is what may fall from the sky during a thunderstorm.
- Hail is defined as to cheer or greet with respect.
An example of hail is to applaud as the king enters the room.
hail definition by Webster's New World
- to welcome, greet, etc. with or as with cheers; acclaim
- to name by way of tribute; salute as: they hailed him their leader
- to call out to or signal to, as in summoning or greeting: to hail a taxi
Origin: Middle English hailen, to salute, greet ; from hail, heil ; from Old Norse heill, whole, sound, akin to Old English hal (see hale, whole): used as a salutation
- the act of hailing or greeting
- the distance that a shout will carry: within hail
- hailer noun
- rounded pieces of ice that are larger than 5 mm (.2 in) and sometimes fall during thunderstorms; frozen raindrops; hailstones
- a falling, showering, etc. of hail, or in the manner of hail: a hail of bullets
Origin: Middle English haile ; from Old English hægel, variant, variety of hagol, akin to German hagel ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kaghlo-, small pebble from source Classical Greek kachlēx
Origin: ME hailen < OE hagalian
hail definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Precipitation in the form of spherical or irregular pellets of ice larger than 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) in diameter.
- Something that falls with the force and quantity of a shower of ice and hard snow: a hail of pebbles; a hail of criticism.
- To precipitate in pellets of ice and hard snow.
- To fall like hailstones: Condemnations hailed down on them.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English hǽgel, hagol.
verb hailed, hail·ing, hails verb, transitive
- a. To salute or greet.b. To greet or acclaim enthusiastically: The crowds hailed the boxing champion.
- To call out or yell in order to catch the attention of: hail a cabdriver.
- The act of greeting or acclaiming.
- A shout made to catch someone's attention or to greet.
- Hailing distance: told me to stay within hail.
Origin: Middle English heilen, from (wǽs) hǽil, (be) healthy; see wassail.
hail - Cultural Definition
Pellets of ice that form when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops to high altitudes, where the water freezes and then falls back to Earth. Hailstones as large as baseballs have been recorded. Hail can damage crops and property.
hail - Phrases/Idioms
hail fellow well met
hail - Science Definition