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noun (1)

: girl, woman


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: a unit of acceleration equivalent to one centimeter per second per second
used especially for values of gravity


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Examples of gal in a Sentence

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Word History


Noun (1)

alteration of girl, by loss of [r] and vowel raising

Noun (2)

Galileo Galilei

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1795, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gal was in 1795

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“Gal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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: girl

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