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whole gale

noun, Meteorology.
a wind of 55–63 miles per hour (24–28 m/sec).
Origin of whole gale
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The wind was now blowing a whole gale and the masts of the ship were bending like whips.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • It was still blowing a whole gale of wind, and I was unable to stand without grasping the table for support.

    My Danish Sweetheart., Volume 1 of 3 William Clark Russell
  • The Alabama lay still during the whole gale, not changing her position, perhaps, half a mile.

  • The place it comes from must give out soon, unless a new trade wind's got fixed into a whole gale for this here ocean.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • This whole gale of thought was blowing over Garlock's receptors like a Great Plains wind over miles-wide fields of corn.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • An hour or more before dark the wind increased, and was blowing a whole gale.

    'Murphy' Major Gambier-Parry
  • What seamen style a “whole gale” seemed to be brewing when the “Nancy” tripped her anchor and shook out her sails.

    The Lifeboat R.M. Ballantyne
  • Then I went to sleep, waking again at seven to find it blowing half a gale of wind, which rapidly increased to a whole gale.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • No such haul had ever fallen to the lot of any one of them—and the stranger had taken it in a whole gale of wind!

British Dictionary definitions for whole gale

whole gale

a wind of force ten on the Beaufort scale
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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