- to cheer, salute, or greet; welcome.
- to acclaim; approve enthusiastically: The crowds hailed the conquerors. They hailed the recent advances in medicine.
- to call out to in order to stop, attract attention, ask aid, etc.: to hail a cab.
- to call out in order to greet, attract attention, etc.: The people on land hailed as we passed in the night.
- a shout or call to attract attention: They answered the hail of the marooned boaters.
- a salutation or greeting: a cheerful hail.
- the act of hailing.
- (used as a salutation, greeting, or acclamation.)
- hail from, to have as one's place of birth or residence: Nearly everyone here hails from the Midwest.
- within hail, within range of hearing; audible: The mother kept her children within hail of her voice.
Origin of hail1
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- showery precipitation in the form of irregular pellets or balls of ice more than 1/5 (0.2) inch (5 mm) in diameter, falling from a cumulonimbus cloud (distinguished from sleet).
- a shower or storm of such precipitation.
- a shower of anything: a hail of bullets.
- to pour down hail (often used impersonally with it as subject): It hailed this afternoon.
- to fall or shower as hail: Arrows hailed down on the troops as they advanced.
- to pour down on as or like hail: The plane hailed leaflets on the city.
Origin of hail2
Examples from the Web for hailed
In 1987, The Deer Hunter was hailed at the Moscow Film Festival as an important portrayal of the horrors of war.When Countries Lose Their Shit Over American Movies
December 17, 2014
Conservative Muslim women in Turkey hailed Esme as a martyr and a symbol of female strength and resistance.Allah, Mom, and Baklava: Turkish President Uses Mothers and Kids as Political Pawns
November 27, 2014
His two collections, The Point (1995) and The Dead Fish Museum (2006), were hailed by critics and pored over by fans.Charles D’Ambrosio’s X-Ray Vision Is On Full Display In His New Essay Collection.
November 14, 2014
In a historic visit in 2012, Barack Obama hailed the “remarkable journey” the country had undertaken.Hope and Change? Burma Kills a Journalist Before Obama Arrives
November 11, 2014
Built at enormous cost, the F-111 was hailed as the plane of the future for the Air Force and the Navy.F-111: Death-Dealing, Pop-Art Masterpiece
October 15, 2014
The tidings were hailed with joy; not only by the young couple, but by all the villagers.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He hailed it as a present relief, though he supposed he should have to repay it some time.Brave and Bold
The prince and princess are hailed and received at the castle as king and queen.
Mr. Gladstone was hailed everywhere as the leader of the Liberal party.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
She hailed the happy thought and invested in countless yards of gauze.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
- small pellets of ice falling from cumulonimbus clouds when there are very strong rising air currents
- a shower or storm of such pellets
- words, ideas, etc, directed with force and in great quantitya hail of abuse
- a collection of objects, esp bullets, spears, etc, directed at someone with violent force
- (intr; with it as subject) to be the case that hail is falling
- (often with it as subject) to fall or cause to fall as or like hailto hail criticism; bad language hailed about him
- to greet, esp enthusiasticallythe crowd hailed the actress with joy
- to acclaim or acknowledgethey hailed him as their hero
- to attract the attention of by shouting or gesturingto hail a taxi; to hail a passing ship
- (intr foll by from) to be a native (of); originate (in)she hails from India
- the act or an instance of hailing
- a shout or greeting
- distance across which one can attract attention (esp in the phrase within hail)
- poetic an exclamation of greeting
Word Origin and History for hailed
"frozen rain," Old English hægl, hagol (Mercian hegel) "hail, hailstorm," also the name of the rune for H, from West Germanic *haglaz (cf. Old Frisian heil, Old Saxon, Old High German hagal, Old Norse hagl, German Hagel "hail"), probably from PIE *kaghlo- "pebble" (cf. Greek kakhlex "round pebble").
"to call from a distance," 1560s, originally nautical, from hail (interj.). Related: Hailed; hailing. Hail fellow well met is 1580s, from a familiar greeting. Hail Mary (c.1300) is the angelic salutation (Latin ave Maria), cf. Luke i:58, used as a devotional recitation. As a desperation play in U.S. football, attested by 1940. To hail from is 1841, originally nautical. "Hail, Columbia," the popular patriotic song, was a euphemism for "hell" in American English slang from c.1850-1910.
Old English hagolian, from root of hail (n.). Related: Hailed; hailing. Figurative use from mid-15c.
- 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.
Pellets of ice that form when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops to high altitudes, where the water freezes and then falls back to Earth. Hailstones as large as baseballs have been recorded. Hail can damage crops and property.