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hail

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 and Etymology of hail

Middle English, from Old English hægl; akin to Old High German hagal hail

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hail

verb

Definition of hail

intransitive verb
1 : to precipitate hail (see 1hail)
  • it was hailing hard
2 : to pour down or strike like hail
  • Bullets were hailing down on them.

Origin and Etymology of hail

see 1hail

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms


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hail

interjection

Definition of hail

1 archaic used as a salutation
2 used to express acclamation
  • hail to the chief
  • —Sir Walter Scott

Origin and Etymology of hail

Middle English, from Old Norse heill, from heill healthy — more at whole


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hail

verb

Definition of hail

transitive verb
1 a : salute, greet
  • returning soldiers hailed with parades
b : to greet with enthusiastic approval : acclaim
  • hailed as a great success
2 : to greet or summon by calling
  • hail a taxi
intransitive verb
: to call out; especially : to call a greeting to a passing ship

hailer

play \ˈhā-lər\ noun
hail from
: to be or have been native to or a resident of
  • She hails from Chicago.

Origin and Etymology of hail

see 3hail


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hail

noun

Definition of hail

1 : an exclamation of greeting or acclamation
  • greeted the emperor with a hail
2 : a calling to attract attention
3 : hearing distance
  • stayed within hail

Origin and Etymology of hail

see 3hail



HAIL Defined for Kids

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hail

noun \ ˈhāl \

Definition of hail for Students

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

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hail

verb

Definition of hail for Students

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

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hail

verb

Definition of hail for Students

hailed; hailing
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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