- 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 hail
Why call a taxi when you can hail a Lyft to pick up visiting family and friends?One of a Kind Gifts Are Only a Neighbor Away
December 8, 2014
Elsewhere on the Internet, and often, Turkers butt heads over which tools work best, or what nation they hail from.Amazon’s Turkers Kick Off the First Crowdsourced Labor Guild
December 3, 2014
They unleashed a hail of bullets to rival the final scene in ‘Bonnie and Clyde.’The Cleveland Cops Who Fired 137 Shots and Cried Victim
December 2, 2014
Victoria and Zoe Yin, who hail from Boston, were both deemed child prodigies at young ages.Blessed or Cursed? Child Prodigies Reveal All
November 17, 2014
He even went out like a movie villain: In 1993, Colombian forces killed Escobar in a hail of Scarface-esque gunfire.Gangster in Paradise: Benicio Del Toro Is Pablo Escobar
September 12, 2014
The impulse that had prompted him to hail her now prompted wild words.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Why should she not hail with joy the story of a great and willing Helper?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Hail, happy hour, which shall put us in possession of our rest!Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
The Colonel raised the handkerchief on the point of his sword and gave a hail.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Shall I crown you with our wild-wood coronal, and hail you queen of the forest?Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
- 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 hail
"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.