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gale 1

 (gāl)
n.
1.
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.
2. often gales A forceful outburst: gales of laughter.

[Origin unknown.]

gale 2

 (gāl)
n.
The sweet gale.

[Middle English gail, from Old English gagel.]

gale

(ɡeɪl)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a strong wind, specifically one of force seven to ten on the Beaufort scale or from 45 to 90 kilometres per hour
2. (often plural) a loud outburst, esp of laughter
3. archaic poetic a gentle breeze
[C16: of unknown origin]

gale

(ɡeɪl)
n
(Plants) short for sweet gale
[Old English gagel; related to Middle Low German gagel]

gale

(geɪl)

n.
1. a very strong wind.
2. a wind of 32–63 mph (14–28 m/sec).
3. a noisy outburst: a gale of laughter.
4. Archaic. a gentle breeze.
[1540–50; of uncertain orig.]

gale

- A very strong wind, probably related to Old Norse galinn, "frantic, mad."
See also related terms for mad.

gale

a strong wind, 28 to 55 knots on the Beaufort scale.
See also: Wind

Gale

 a wind of considerable strength, 1527; a state of current or passing emotions; the perfume or aroma of similar intangible things.
Examples: gale of animal spirits, 1663; of doubts and apprehensions, 1800; of fancy, 1675; of fragrance, 1820; of laughter; of merriment, 1894; of opportunity, 1669; of perfume, 1711; of praise, 1827; of wind, 1547.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gale - a strong wind moving 45-90 knotsgale - a strong wind moving 45-90 knots; force 7 to 10 on Beaufort scale
moderate gale, near gale - wind moving 32-38 knots; 7 on the Beaufort scale
fresh gale - wind moving 39-46 knots; 8 on the Beaufort scale
strong gale - wind moving 47-54 knots; 9 on the Beaufort scale
whole gale - wind moving 55-63 knots; 10 on the Beaufort scale
air current, current of air, wind - air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure; "trees bent under the fierce winds"; "when there is no wind, row"; "the radioactivity was being swept upwards by the air current and out into the atmosphere"

gale

noun
1. storm, hurricane, tornado, cyclone, whirlwind, blast, gust, typhoon, tempest, squall forecasts of fierce gales over the next few days
2. (Informal) outburst, scream, roar, fit, storm, shout, burst, explosion, outbreak, howl, shriek, eruption, peal, paroxysm gales of laughter from the audience

gale

noun
Archaic. A natural movement or current of air:
Translations
ريحٌ شديدَهعَاصِفَة
vichřice
stormkulingpors
myrskytuulinaurunpuuskasuomyrtti
vjetar
erõs szél
hvassviîri, stormur, rok
強風
질풍
vėtravėtros stiprumas
aukavētra
rýchlosť víchricevíchrica
vihar
kuling
ลมพายุ
cơn gió mạnh

gale

[geɪl]
A. N (= strong wind) → vendaval m, viento m fuerte; (= storm) (on land) → temporal m; (at sea) → temporal m, tempestad f
gale force tenvientos mpl de fuerza diez
it was blowing a gale that nightaquella noche había vendaval, aquella noche soplaban vientos fuertes
see also gale-force
B. CPD gale warning Naviso m de temporal

gale

[ˈgeɪl] n
(= wind) → coup m de vent
to blow a gale
It's blowing a gale out there! → C'est la tempête dehors!
gale force 10 → vent m de force 10
gales of laughter → grands éclats mpl de riregale-force wind nvent m soufflant en tempêtegale warning navis m de coup de vent

gale

n
Sturm m; it was blowing a galees stürmte, ein Sturm tobte or wütete; gale force 8Sturmstärke 8
(fig) gales of laughterLachsalven pl, → stürmisches Gelächter

gale

:
gale-force winds
gale warning
nSturmwarnung f

gale

[geɪl] n (strong wind) → bufera, vento forte; (at sea) → burrasca
gale force 10 → vento forza 10

gale

(geil) noun
a strong wind. Many trees were blown down in the gale.
gale force the speed or strength of a gale: The winds reached gale force;also adjective
gale-force winds.

gale

عَاصِفَة vichřice storm Sturm θύελλα vendaval myrskytuuli coup de vent vjetar vento forte 強風 질풍 storm kuling poryw wiatru ventania буря kuling ลมพายุ şiddetli rüzgar cơn gió mạnh 大风
References in classic literature ?
Laurence, rubbing up his hair till it looked as if he had been out in a gale, and smoothing the frown from his brow with an air of relief.
To this last apothegm poor Hepzibah responded with a sigh so deep and heavy that it almost rustled Uncle Venner quite away, like a withered leaf,--as he was,--before an autumnal gale.
From father to son, for above a hundred years, they followed the sea; a grey-headed shipmaster, in each generation, retiring from the quarter-deck to the homestead, while a boy of fourteen took the hereditary place before the mast, confronting the salt spray and the gale which had blustered against his sire and grandsire.
Yes, and we flipped it at the rate of ten gallons the hour; and when the squall came (for it's squally off there by Patagonia), and all hands --visitors and all --were called to reef topsails, we were so top-heavy that we had to swing each other aloft in bowlines; and we ignorantly furled the skirts of our jackets into the sails, so that we hung there, reefed fast in the howling gale, a warning example to all drunken tars.
At night he crept into sheds and cellars and doorways--until there came a spell of belated winter weather, with a raging gale, and the thermometer five degrees below zero at sundown and falling all night.
They halted, they stood their ground a moment against that withering deluge of fire, then they broke, faced about and swept toward the ditch like chaff before a gale.
One must have a silk veil, to protect his face from snow, sleet, hail and gale, and colored goggles to protect his eyes from that dangerous enemy, snow-blindness.
The master gave her none, for one of his speculations was in jeopardy, and his mind was so occupied that he hardly saw the children when he looked at them, and all Roxy had to do was to get them both into a gale of laughter when he came about; then their faces were mainly cavities exposing gums, and he was gone again before the spasm passed and the little creatures resumed a human aspect.
You move merrily before the gentle gale, and I sadly before the bloody whip
There is a high gale in that sky, and on this hill-top.
Joining their horny hands over the rough table at which they sat, they wished each other Merry Christmas in their can of grog; and one of them: the elder, too, with his face all damaged and scarred with hard weather, as the figure-head of an old ship might be: struck up a sturdy song that was like a Gale in itself.
I don't know how long I may live, or how soon I may die; but I know that if I was capsized, any night, in a gale of wind in Yarmouth Roads here, and was to see the town-lights shining for the last time over the rollers as I couldn't make no head against, I could go down quieter for thinking "There's a man ashore there, iron-true to my little Em'ly, God bless her, and no wrong can touch my Em'ly while so be as that man lives.