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moderate gale

a wind of 32–38 miles per hour (14–17 m/sec).
Origin of moderate gale
First recorded in 1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Scaffolding in such a situation would not have survived a moderate gale.

    The Lighthouse R.M. Ballantyne
  • The wind had risen to a moderate gale, and the air was filled with sounds.

    The Prodigal Father J. Storer Clouston
  • In a short time, although the sea continued raging fiercely, the wind had dropped to a moderate gale.

    The Heir of Kilfinnan W.H.G. Kingston
  • In the afternoon the wind increased to the force of a moderate gale and the sea began to rise.

  • Even a moderate gale would tear a pack apart, to be broken into smaller fragments by the water.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • A howling south-wester on the English coast would be looked upon here as a moderate gale.

  • The wind hardened during the dark hours, and was blowing a moderate gale from the south-west at sunrise.

    Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
  • A few hours later a moderate gale came up from the east, with continuous snow.


    Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • By ten o'clock the wind had risen to the strength of a more than moderate gale, and the sea in proportion.

  • Her masts and spars, too, were much wounded, and it became a question how she would be able to weather even a moderate gale.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for moderate gale

moderate gale

a gale of force seven on the Beaufort scale, capable of swaying trees
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