Idioms

    within hail, within range of hearing; audible: The mother kept her children within hail of her voice.

Origin of hail

1
1150–1200; Middle English haile, earlier heilen, derivative of hail health < Old Norse heill; cognate with Old English hǣl. See heal, wassail

Related forms

hail·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hail from (1 of 2)

hail

1
/ (heɪl) /

noun

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

verb

(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

Word Origin for hail

Old English hægl; related to Old Frisian heil, Old High German hagal hail, Greek kakhlēx pebble

British Dictionary definitions for hail from (2 of 2)

hail

2
/ (heɪl) /

verb (mainly tr)


noun

sentence substitute

poetic an exclamation of greeting

Derived Forms

hailer, noun

Word Origin for hail

C12: from Old Norse heill whole; see hale 1, wassail
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Science definitions for hail from

hail

[ hāl ]

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.

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Culture definitions for hail from

hail

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.


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Idioms and Phrases with hail from (1 of 2)

hail from

Come from, originate from, as in He hails from Oklahoma. This term originally referred to the port from which a ship had sailed. [Mid-1800s]


Idioms and Phrases with hail from (2 of 2)

hail

In addition to the idiom beginning with hail

  • hail from

also see:

  • within call (hail)

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