Hail meaning

hāl
Hail is defined as to cheer or greet with respect.

An example of hail is to applaud as the king enters the room.

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The act of greeting or acclaiming.
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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.
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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.

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Hailing distance.

Told me to stay within hail.

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Precipitation in the form of pellets of ice larger than 5 mm (.2 in), associated with cumulonimbus clouds.
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Precipitation in the form of spherical or irregular pellets of ice larger than 5 millimeters (0.2 inch) in diameter, usually associated with thunderstorms.
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Something that falls with the force and quantity of a shower of ice and hard snow.

A hail of pebbles; a hail of criticism.

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To precipitate in pellets of ice and hard snow.
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To signal or call to a passing ship as a greeting or identification.
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A shout made to catch someone's attention or to greet.
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Used to express a greeting or tribute.
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To welcome, greet, etc. with or as with cheers; acclaim.
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To name by way of tribute; salute as.

They hailed him their leader.

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To call out to or signal to, as in summoning or greeting.

To hail a taxi.

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The act of hailing or greeting.
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The distance that a shout will carry.

Within hail.

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Used to signify tribute, greeting, etc.
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A falling, showering, etc. of hail, or in the manner of hail.

A hail of bullets.

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To drop or pour down hail.

It is hailing.

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To shower, hurl, pour, etc. violently in the manner of hail.

To hail curses on someone.

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Precipitation in the form of rounded pellets of ice and hard snow that usually falls during thunderstorms. Hail forms when raindrops are blown up and down within a cloud, passing repeatedly through layers of warm and freezing air and collecting layers of ice until they are too heavy for the winds to keep them from falling.
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Balls or pieces of ice falling as precipitation, often in connection with a thunderstorm.
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(impersonal) Said of the weather when hail is falling.

They say it's going to hail tomorrow.

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To send or release hail.

The cloud would hail down furiously within a few minutes.

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To greet; give salutation to; salute.
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To name; to designate; to call.

He was hailed as a hero.

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To call out loudly in order to gain the attention of.

Hail a taxi.

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(obsolete) Healthy, whole, safe.
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An exclamation of respectful or reverent salutation, or, occasionally, of familiar greeting.
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The definition of hail is a type of precipitation made up of small balls of ice.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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To fall like hailstones.

Condemnations hailed down on them.

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To pour (something) down or forth.

They hailed insults at me.

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To call out or yell in order to catch the attention of.

Hail a cabdriver.

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hail fellow well met
  • very sociable or friendly to everyone, esp. in a superficial manner
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hail from
  • to be from; come from (one's birthplace or established residence)
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of hail

  • Middle English heilen from (wæs) hæil (be) healthy wassail

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

  • Middle English from Old English hægel, hagol

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

  • The adjective hail is a variant of hale (“health, safety”) (from the early 13th century). The transitive verb with the meaning "to salute" is also from the 13th century. The cognate verb heal is already Old English (hǣlan), from Proto-Germanic *hailijaną (“to make healthy, whole, to heal”). Also cognate is whole, from Old English hāl (the spelling with wh- is unetymological, introduced in the 15th century).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English haile, hail, from Old English hæġl, hæġel, from Proto-Germanic *haglaz (compare West Frisian heil, Low German Hagel, Dutch hagel, German Hagel, Danish hagl). Either from Proto-Indo-European *kagʰlos (“pebble”), or from *ḱoḱló-, a reduplication of *ḱel- (“cold”) (compare Old Norse héla (“frost”)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Root-cognates outside of Germanic include Welsh caill (“testicle”), Breton kell (“testicle”), Lithuanian šešėlis (“shade, shadow”), Ancient Greek κάχληξ (káchlēx, “pebble”), Albanian çakëll (“pebble”), Sanskrit शिशिर (śíśira, “cool, cold”).

    From Wiktionary