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gale1

[geyl] /geɪl/
noun
1.
a very strong wind.
2.
Meteorology. a wind of 32–63 miles per hour (14–28 m/sec).
3.
a noisy outburst:
a gale of laughter filled the room.
4.
Archaic. a gentle breeze.
Origin
Norwegian dialect
1540-1550
1540-50; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian dialect geil uproar, unrest, boiling
Synonyms
3. burst, eruption, outbreak, fit, gust.

gale2

[geyl] /geɪl/
noun
Origin
before 1000; Middle English gail, Old English gagel; cognate with German Gagel

Gale

[geyl] /geɪl/
noun
1.
Zona
[zoh-nuh] /ˈzoʊ nə/ (Show IPA),
1874–1938, U.S. novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and poet.
2.
a female or male given name.
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  • We have spent the majority of this cruise in the open sea with rough weather, including a number of gales.
  • The researchers also suggest that the hole in the ozone layer could be partially to blame for the stronger gales.
  • If they are not properly angled towards the more howling of these gales, they can be damaged or destroyed.
  • In gales, masts cause ships to heel, sometimes dangerously.
  • For those who survived the huge wall of water that struck the delta and the ferocious gales, disease and hunger threaten.
  • The words tumbled out in an incoherent jumble interrupted by heaving shoulders and gales of cackling laughter.
  • Out in the burbs, there's nothing to cut the gales, and they find the chinks in your long underwear and scarves.
  • But these vast structures must be rugged enough to endure gales and extreme turbulence.
British Dictionary definitions for gales

gale1

/ɡeɪl/
noun
1.
a strong wind, specifically one of force seven to ten on the Beaufort scale or from 45 to 90 kilometres per hour
2.
(often pl) a loud outburst, esp of laughter
3.
(archaic, poetic) a gentle breeze
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin

gale2

/ɡeɪl/
noun
1.
short for sweet gale
Word Origin
Old English gagel; related to Middle Low German gagel
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Word Origin and History for gales

gale

n.

"storm at sea," 1540s, from gaile "wind," origin uncertain, perhaps from Old Norse gol "breeze," or Old Danish gal "bad, furious" (often used of weather), from Old Norse galinn "bewitched." Or perhaps it is from Old English galan "to sing" (the second element in nightingale), or giellan "to yell." In technical meteorological use, a wind between 32 and 63 miles per hour.

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Encyclopedia Article for gales

gale

wind that is stronger than a breeze; specifically a wind of 28-55 knots (50-102 km per hour) corresponding to force numbers 7 to 10 on the Beaufort scale. As issued by weather service forecasters, gale warnings occur when forecasted winds range from 34 to 47 knots (63 to 87 km per hour).

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