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1hail

noun \ˈhāl\

Definition of HAIL

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

monsoon, occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr

2hail

verb

Definition of HAIL

intransitive verb
1
:  to precipitate hail <it was hailing hard>
2
:  to pour down or strike like hail

First Known Use of HAIL

before 12th century

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

monsoon, occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr

3hail

interjection

Definition of HAIL

1
archaic —used as a salutation
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

4hail

verb

Definition of HAIL

transitive verb
1
a :  salute, greet
b :  to greet with enthusiastic approval :  acclaim
2
:  to greet or summon by calling <hail a taxi>
intransitive verb
:  to call out; especially :  to call a greeting to a passing ship
hail·er \hā-lər\ noun
hail from
:  to be or have been native to or a resident of

First Known Use of HAIL

13th century

5hail

noun

Definition of HAIL

1
:  an exclamation of greeting or acclamation
2
:  a calling to attract attention
3
:  hearing distance <stayed within hail>

First Known Use of HAIL

1500
HAILER Defined for Kids

1hail

noun \ˈhāl\

Definition of HAIL for Kids

1
:  small lumps of ice and snow that fall from the clouds sometimes during thunderstorms
2
:  1volley 1 <a hail of bullets>

2hail

verb
hailedhail·ing

Definition of HAIL for Kids

1
:  to fall as hail <It's hailing hard.>
2
:  to pour down like hail <Confetti hailed on the parade.>

3hail

verb
hailedhailing

Definition of HAIL for Kids

1
:  greet 1, welcome <The town hailed the returning soldiers.>
2
:  to call out to <I'll hail a taxi.>
hail from
:  to come from <She hails from Oklahoma.>

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