Gale definition

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A loud outburst.

A gale of laughter.

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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.

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A strong wind.
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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.
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A storm at sea.
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The sweet gale.
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(meteorol.) A wind ranging in speed from 32 to 63 miles per hour.
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(intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To sing; charm; enchant.
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(intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To cry; groan; croak.
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(intransitive, of a person, now chiefly dialectal) To talk.
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(intransitive, of a bird, Scotland) To call.
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(now chiefly dialectal) To sing; utter with musical modulations.
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(meteorology) A very strong wind, more than a breeze, less than a storm; number 7 through 9 winds on the 12-step Beaufort scale.
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An outburst, especially of laughter.

A gale of laughter.

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(archaic) A light breeze.
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(nautical) To sail, or sail fast.
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A shrub, also sweet gale or bog myrtle (Myrica gale) growing on moors and fens.
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(archaic) A periodic payment, such as is made of a rent or annuity.

Gale day - the day on which rent or interest is due.

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A forceful outburst.

Gales of laughter.

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(archaic) A breeze.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gale
Plural:
gales

Origin of gale

  • Middle English gail from Old English gagel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English galen, from Old English galan (“to sing, enchant, call, cry, scream; sing charms, practice incantation”), from Proto-Germanic *galaną (“to roop, sing, charm”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰol-, *gʰel- (“to shout, scream, charm away”). Cognate with Danish gale (“to crow”), Swedish gala (“to crow”), Icelandic gala (“to sing, chant, crow”), Dutch galm (“sound, noise”). Related to yell.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English gale (“a wind, breeze”), probably of North Germanic origin, related to Icelandic gola (“a breeze”), Danish gal (“furious, mad”), both from Old Norse gala (“to sing”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English gavel (“rent", "tribute”), from Old English gafol

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  • Middle English gail, from Old English gagel

    From Wiktionary