- 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 hailing
And lefties are hailing him as a Batman-like vigilante for taking down a Fox News superfan.Meet Your New ‘Hot Mugshot Guy’: Sean Kory, Fox News’ Public Enemy No. 1
November 3, 2014
She described a group of about 20-25 hailing from all over central Iowa.Hillary Clinton’s Secret Iowa Campaign Cadre
June 21, 2014
Hailing from Canada, Robin is an aspiring on air-news reporter who moves to New York in 2005.Everything You Need to Know About 'How I Met Your Mother'
March 31, 2014
It seems that most of the heroin is hailing from Brooklyn and Queens.Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Deadly ‘Ace of Spades' Heroin
February 3, 2014
Hamas leaders and activists similarly welcomed the Muslim Brotherhood, hailing the election as a Hamas victory.A More Violent Hamas?
September 23, 2013
The house at the light was empty; but, on my hailing, a woman's voice answered from the cellar.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
After hailing the morn with this second salutation, he threw a boot at the woman as a third.A Tale of Two Cities
Not any better than her mistress, however, who at this moment was hailing a street-car.Stories of a Western Town
And still the air, the sky—a ghost, something invisible was hailing the ship.Youth
I heard them pulling about in the dark, hailing, and so on, but after a bit they gave up.The Secret Sharer
- 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 hailing
"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.