- a very strong wind.
- Meteorology. a wind of 32–63 miles per hour (14–28 m/sec).
- a noisy outburst: a gale of laughter filled the room.
- Archaic. a gentle breeze.
Origin of gale1
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Origin of gale2
- Zo·na [zoh-nuh] /ˈzoʊ nə/, 1874–1938, U.S. novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and poet.
- a female or male given name.
Examples from the Web for gale
Unfortunately, Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne are not among them.
Movie Gale fails to conjure emotions more complicated than “oooh, what pretty eyes he has.”
One of the scenes was when she first gets called to go into The Hunger Games and has to say goodbye to her mother and Gale.Shailene Woodley Opens Up About Coming of Age, ‘Divergent,’ and the Faults in Our World
January 22, 2014
Yet in this brutal scene where Gale is whipped, we witness the violent act.Come On, ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Can Handle More Violence
November 29, 2013
Others prefer “Full Measure,” with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman teaming up, under immense pressure, to off Gale Boetticher.‘To’hajiilee’ Is the Finest Episode of ‘Breaking Bad’ Yet
September 9, 2013
This gale commenced in the afternoon, and blew very heavily all that night.
That night the gale broke, and before morning it had materially moderated.
During this gale, I had a proof of the truth that "where the treasure is, there will the heart be also."
The gale must have set us a long way to leeward, as we did not get in for a fortnight.
I knew she was overloaded, and was afraid of the effects of a gale.
- a strong wind, specifically one of force seven to ten on the Beaufort scale or from 45 to 90 kilometres per hour
- (often plural) a loud outburst, esp of laughter
- archaic, poetic a gentle breeze
- short for sweet gale
Word Origin and History for gale
"storm at sea," 1540s, from gaile "wind," origin uncertain, perhaps from Old Norse gol "breeze," or Old Danish gal "bad, furious" (often used of weather), from Old Norse galinn "bewitched." Or perhaps it is from Old English galan "to sing" (the second element in nightingale), or giellan "to yell." In technical meteorological use, a wind between 32 and 63 miles per hour.