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Meaning of GALE

Pronunciation:  geyl

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a strong wind moving 45-90 knots; force 7 to 10 on Beaufort scale

GALE is a 4 letter word that starts with G.


 See Also: fresh gale, moderate gale, near gale, strong gale, whole gale, wind



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gale\ (g[=a]l), n. [Prob. of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. gal
    furious, Icel. galinn, cf. Icel. gala to sing, AS. galan to
    sing, Icel. galdr song, witchcraft, AS. galdor charm,
    sorcery, E. nightingale; also, Icel. gj[=o]la gust of wind,
    gola breeze. Cf. {Yell}.]
    1. A strong current of air; a wind between a stiff breeze and
       a hurricane. The most violent gales are called {tempests}.
    Note: Gales have a velocity of from about eighteen
          (``moderate'') to about eighty (``very heavy'') miles
          an our. --Sir. W. S. Harris.
    2. A moderate current of air; a breeze.
             A little gale will soon disperse that cloud. --Shak.
             And winds of gentlest gale Arabian odors fanned From
             their soft wings.                     --Milton.
    3. A state of excitement, passion, or hilarity.
             The ladies, laughing heartily, were fast getting
             into what, in New England, is sometimes called a
             gale.                                 --Brooke
    {Topgallant gale} (Naut.), one in which a ship may carry her
       topgallant sails.
  2. \Gale\, v. i. (Naut.)
    To sale, or sail fast.
  3. \Gale\, n. [OE. gal. See {Gale} wind.]
    A song or story. [Obs.] --Toone.
  4. \Gale\, v. i. [AS. galan. See 1st {Gale}.]
    To sing. [Obs.] ``Can he cry and gale.'' --Court of Love.
  5. \Gale\, n. [AS. gagel, akin to D. gagel.] (Bot.)
    A plant of the genus {Myrica}, growing in wet places, and
    strongly resembling the bayberry. The sweet gale ({Myrica
    Gale}) is found both in Europe and in America.
  6. \Gale\, n. [Cf. {Gabel}.]
    The payment of a rent or annuity. [Eng.] --Mozley & W.
    {Gale day}, the day on which rent or interest is due.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of being caught in a gale means business losses and your struggle against some problems.
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