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hail

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noun \ˈhāl\

Definition of hail

  1. 1 :  precipitation in the form of small balls or lumps usually consisting of concentric layers of clear ice and compact snow

  2. 2 :  something that gives the effect of a shower of hail <a hail of rifle fire>



Origin of hail

Middle English, from Old English hægl; akin to Old High German hagal hail


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms


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hail

verb

Definition of hail

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to precipitate hail <it was hailing hard>

  3. 2 :  to pour down or strike like hail



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of hail

before 12th century

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms


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hail

interjection

Definition of hail

  1. 1 archaic —used as a salutation

  2. 2 —used to express acclamation <hail to the chief — Sir Walter Scott>



Origin of hail

Middle English, from Old Norse heill, from heill healthy — more at whole


First Known Use: 13th century


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hail

verb

Definition of hail

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  salute, greet b :  to greet with enthusiastic approval :  acclaim

  3. 2 :  to greet or summon by calling <hail a taxi>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to call out; especially :  to call a greeting to a passing ship

hailer play \hā-lər\ noun
hail from
  1. :  to be or have been native to or a resident of



13th Century

First Known Use of hail

13th century


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hail

noun

Definition of hail

  1. 1 :  an exclamation of greeting or acclamation

  2. 2 :  a calling to attract attention

  3. 3 :  hearing distance <stayed within hail>



1500

First Known Use of hail

1500



HAIL Defined for Kids

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hail

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noun \ˈhāl\

Definition of hail for Students

  1. 1 :  small lumps of ice and snow that fall from the clouds sometimes during thunderstorms

  2. 2 :  1volley 1 <a hail of bullets>




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hail

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verb

Definition of hail for Students

hailedhailing

  1. 1 :  to fall as hail <It's hailing hard.>

  2. 2 :  to pour down like hail <Confetti hailed on the parade.>




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hail

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verb

Definition of hail for Students

hailedhailing

  1. 1 :  greet 1, welcome <The town hailed the returning soldiers.>

  2. 2 :  to call out to <I'll hail a taxi.>

hail from
  1. :  to come from <She hails from Oklahoma.>





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