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.
Idioms about hail
within hail, within range of hearing; audible: The mother kept her children within hail of her voice.
- hailer, noun
Other definitions for hail (2 of 2)
showery precipitation in the form of irregular pellets or balls of ice more than 0.2 inch (5 millimeters) 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.
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How to use hail in a sentence
The other turned a plump, cheery, rather self-indulgent face over his shoulder towards the hailer.Wessex Tales | Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for hail (1 of 2)
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 quantity: a 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 hail: to hail criticism; bad language hailed about him
British Dictionary definitions for hail (2 of 2)
to greet, esp enthusiastically: the crowd hailed the actress with joy
to acclaim or acknowledge: they hailed him as their hero
to attract the attention of by shouting or gesturing: to 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
- hailer, noun
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Scientific definitions for hail
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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Cultural definitions for 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with hail
In addition to the idiom beginning with hail
- hail from
- within call (hail)
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