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[heyl] /heɪl/
Edward Everett, 1822–1909, U.S. clergyman and author.
George Ellery
[el-uh-ree] /ˈɛl ə ri/ (Show IPA),
1868–1938, U.S. astronomer.
Sir Matthew, 1609–76, British jurist: Lord Chief Justice 1671–76.
Nathan, 1755–76, American soldier hanged as a spy by the British during the American Revolution.
Sarah Josepha
[joh-see-fuh] /dʒoʊˈsi fə/ (Show IPA),
1788–1879, U.S. editor and author. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for nathan hale
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  • A year later came his statue of "nathan hale," and there was never any lack of commissions after that.

    American Men of Mind Burton E. Stevenson
  • During the run of "nathan hale" I had not seen him for four or five weeks.

    Nat Goodwin's Book Nat C. Goodwin
  • At eleven o'clock Cunningham was ready, and, as it proved, nathan hale was ready also.

    Nathan Hale Jean Christie Root
  • He was a grand-nephew of nathan hale, of Revolutionary fame.

  • nathan hale was born in Coventry, a little town in Connecticut, in 1755.

  • The story of nathan hale is the story of a short life and a brave death.

    Once Upon A Time In Connecticut Caroline Clifford Newton
  • I am glad to hear that it is proposed to erect a monument to nathan hale.

    Cyrus W. Field; his Life and Work Isabella Field Judson
  • But there was another who looked at it differently, and this was Captain nathan hale.

    Once Upon A Time In Connecticut Caroline Clifford Newton
  • It has already been said that at graduation nathan hale stood among the first thirteen in a class of thirty-six.

    Nathan Hale Jean Christie Root
  • It was he who had in charge the summary execution of nathan hale.

    The Continental Dragoon Robert Neilson Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for nathan hale


healthy and robust (esp in the phrase hale and hearty)
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) whole
Derived Forms
haleness, noun
Word Origin
Old English hælwhole


(transitive) to pull or drag; haul
Derived Forms
haler, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French haler, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German halōn to fetch, Old English geholian to acquire


George Ellery. 1868–1938, US astronomer: undertook research into sunspots and invented the spectroheliograph
Sir Matthew. 1609–76, English judge and scholar; Lord Chief Justice (1671–76)
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Word Origin and History for nathan hale



"healthy," Old English hal "healthy, entire, uninjured" (see health). The Scottish and northern English form of whole; it was given a literary sense of "free from infirmity" (1734). Related: Haleness.


c.1200, "drag; summon," in Middle English used of arrows, bowstrings, reins, anchors, from Old French haler "to pull, haul" (12c.), from a Germanic source, perhaps Frankish *halon or Old Dutch halen; probably also from Old English geholian "obtain" (see haul). Figurative sense of "to draw (someone) from one condition to another" is late 14c. Related: Haled; haling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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nathan hale in Technology

An asterisk ("*", see also splat, ASCII). Notionally, from "I regret that I have only one asterisk for my country!" ("life to give" -> "ass to risk" -> "asterisk"), a misquote of the famous remark uttered by Nathan Hale just before he was hanged. Hale was a (failed) spy for the rebels in the American War of Independence.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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