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

Examples of gale in a Sentence

The boat was damaged in a strong gale. The winds approached gale force. The audience erupted in gales of laughter.
Recent Examples on the Web There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, but a chilly gale blasted up from the Southern Ocean. Tony Perrottet, Travel + Leisure, 25 June 2024 All vessel movement and cargo operations are restricted as gale force winds of 39 to 54 miles per hour were expected within 12 hours of the designation. Glenn Taylor, Sourcing Journal, 3 Sep. 2019 Firefighters struggled on Saturday to contain dozens of wildfires fanned by gale force winds on the islands and in southern parts of the country’s mainland. Reuters, CNN, 23 June 2024 The sun is a particle accelerator, a ball of plasma, a self-sustaining thermonuclear reactor, a gale of mass and energy, the source of all life. Rebecca Boyle, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for gale 

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Word History


of obscure origin

First Known Use

circa 1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of gale was circa 1547

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Cite this Entry

“Gale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a strong current of air
especially : a wind of from 32 to 63 miles (about 51 to 101 kilometers) per hour
: an emotional outburst
gales of laughter

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Zona 1874–1938 American novelist

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