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hail

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noun \ˈhāl\

Definition of hail

  1. 1 :  precipitation in the form of small balls or lumps usually consisting of concentric layers of clear ice and compact snow

  2. 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

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms


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hail

verb

Definition of hail

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to precipitate hail (see 1hail) it was hailing hard

  3. 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. 1 archaic —used as a salutation

  2. 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  salute, greet returning soldiers hailed with paradesb :  to greet with enthusiastic approval :  acclaim hailed as a great success

  3. 2 :  to greet or summon by calling hail a taxi

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to call out; especially :  to call a greeting to a passing ship

hailer

play \ˈhā-lər\ noun

hail from

  1. :  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. 1 :  an exclamation of greeting or acclamation greeted the emperor with a hail

  2. 2 :  a calling to attract attention

  3. 3 :  hearing distance stayed within hail

Origin and Etymology of hail

see 3hail



HAIL Defined for Kids

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hail

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noun \ˈhāl\

Definition of hail for Students

  1. 1 :  small lumps of ice and snow that fall from the clouds sometimes during thunderstorms

  2. 2 :  1volley 1 a hail of bullets


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hail

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verb

Definition of hail for Students

hailed

;

hailing

  1. 1 :  to fall as hail It's hailing hard.

  2. 2 :  to pour down like hail Confetti hailed on the parade.


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hail

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verb

Definition of hail for Students

hailed

;

hailing

  1. 1 :  greet 1, welcome The town hailed the returning soldiers.

  2. 2 :  to call out to I'll hail a taxi.

hail from

  1. :  to come from She hails from Oklahoma.



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