|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 plural) a loud outburst, esp of laughter|
|3.||archaic, poetic a gentle breeze|
|[C16: of unknown origin]|
|short for sweet gale|
|[Old English gagel; related to Middle Low German gagel]|
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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