\ ˈgāl How to pronounce gale (audio) \

Definition of gale

1a : 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

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 That no man or god or gale-force wind can snatch it away. Lily Houston Smith, The Atlantic, 23 June 2022 The infamous crosswinds of Hull’s home field, known at times to produce negative punts from those bold enough to test its gale-like force, were apparently pandemic-proof. Steven Sousa,, 13 Mar. 2021 In addition to the time change, Cherundolo’s game plan also was impacted by the weather, which featured gale-force winds and pouring rain. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2022 The entire eastern United States was bracing for winter storm, ice, gale force winds or tornadoes Sunday as a furious weather front that dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest continued its unforgiving march across the nation. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2022 But dust and sand storms, gale-force winds and other poor weather typically sweep across the region as seasons change from the chilly winter to sizzling summer. Isabel Debre, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2022 Neither team managed a shot on goal in the first 40 minutes of a match played in gale-force winds and pouring rain., 12 Mar. 2022 With severe weather possible all across the state on Saturday, the National Weather Service also has placed Mobile Bay and other coastal waters under a small craft advisory on Saturday and a gale watch on Sunday. al, 31 Dec. 2021 Those high winds will also impact areas in and around Lake Michigan, including Chicago, as a gale watch remains in effect from late Friday night through Saturday afternoon. Derek Van Dam Cnn Meteorologist, CNN, 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of gale

circa 1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gale

of obscure origin

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\ ˈgāl How to pronounce gale (audio) \

Kids Definition of gale

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

Gale biographical name

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Definition of Gale

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