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Pronunciation : Gale
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [Prob. of Scand.. origin; cf. Dan. gal furious, Icel. galinn, cf. Icel. gala to sing, AS. galan to sing, Icel. galdr song, witchcraft, AS. galdor charm, sorcery, E. nightingale; also, Icel. gjla gust of wind, gola breeze. Cf. Yell.]
Definition : 1. A strong current of air; a wind between a stiff breeze and a hurricane. The most violent gales are called tempests.

Note: Gales have a velocity of from about eighteen ("moderate") to about eighty ("very heavy") miles an our. Sir. W. S. Harris.

2. A moderate current of air; a breeze. A little gale will soon disperse that cloud. Shak. And winds of gentlest gale Arabian odors fanned From their soft wings. Milton.

3. A state of excitement, passion, or hilarity. The ladies, laughing heartily, were fast getting into what, in New England, is sometimes called a gale. Brooke (Eastford). Topgallant gale (Naut.), one in which a ship may carry her topgallant sails.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Gale
Part of Speech : v.
Definition : Defn: To sale, or sail fast.

i. (Naut.)
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Gale
Part of Speech : n
Etymology : [OE. gal. See Gale wind.]
Definition : Defn: A song or story. [Obs.] Toone.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Gale
Part of Speech : v.
Etymology : [AS. galan. See 1st Gale.]
Definition : Defn: To sing. [Obs.] "Can he cry and gale." Court of Love.

i.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Gale
Part of Speech : n
Etymology : [AS. gagel, akin to D. gagel.] (Bot.)
Definition : Defn: A plant of the genus Myrica, growing in wet places, and strongly resembling the bayberry. The sweet gale (Myrica Gale) is found both in Europe and in America.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Gale
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [Cf. Gabel.]
Definition : Defn: The payment of a rent or annuity. [Eng.] Mozley & W. Gale day, the day on which rent or interest is due.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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