Gale

Definition of Gale

Pronunciation: gāl
n.1.A strong current of air; a wind between a stiff breeze and a hurricane. The most violent gales are called tempests.
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.
v. i.1.(Naut.) To sale, or sail fast.
n.1.A song or story.
v. i.1.To sing.
n.1.(Bot.) 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.
1.The payment of a rent or annuity.
Gale day
the day on which rent or interest is due.

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