gale

noun \ ˈgāl \
Updated on: 19 Feb 2018

Definition of gale

1 a : a strong current of air:
(1) : a wind from 32 to 63 miles per hour (about 51 to 102 kilometers per hour)
b archaic : breeze
2 : an emotional outburst
  • gales of laughter

Examples of gale in a Sentence

  1. The boat was damaged in a strong gale.

  2. The winds approached gale force.

  3. The audience erupted in gales of laughter.

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Origin and Etymology of gale

of obscure origin

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Gale

biographical name \ ˈgāl \

Definition of Gale

Zona 1874–1938 American novelist

GALE Defined for English Language Learners

gale

noun

Definition of gale for English Language Learners

  • : a very strong wind

  • : a sudden occurrence of laughter, tears, etc.


GALE Defined for Kids

gale

noun \ ˈgāl \

Definition of gale for Students

1 : a strong wind
2 : a wind of from about 32 to 63 miles per hour (about 51 to 101 kilometers per hour)
3 : an outburst of amusement
  • gales of laughter


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