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hail1

[heyl] /heɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cheer, salute, or greet; welcome.
2.
to acclaim; approve enthusiastically:
The crowds hailed the conquerors. They hailed the recent advances in medicine.
3.
to call out to in order to stop, attract attention, ask aid, etc.:
to hail a cab.
verb (used without object)
4.
to call out in order to greet, attract attention, etc.:
The people on land hailed as we passed in the night.
noun
5.
a shout or call to attract attention:
They answered the hail of the marooned boaters.
6.
a salutation or greeting:
a cheerful hail.
7.
the act of hailing.
interjection
8.
(used as a salutation, greeting, or acclamation.)
Verb phrases
9.
hail from, to have as one's place of birth or residence:
Nearly everyone here hails from the Midwest.
Idioms
10.
within hail, within range of hearing; audible:
The mother kept her children within hail of her voice.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English haile, earlier heilen, derivative of hail health < Old Norse heill; cognate with Old English hǣl. See heal, wassail
Related forms
hailer, noun
Synonyms
2. cheer, applaud, honor, exalt, laud, extol.
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British Dictionary definitions for hail from

hail1

/heɪl/
noun
1.
small pellets of ice falling from cumulonimbus clouds when there are very strong rising air currents
2.
a shower or storm of such pellets
3.
words, ideas, etc, directed with force and in great quantity: a hail of abuse
4.
a collection of objects, esp bullets, spears, etc, directed at someone with violent force
verb
5.
(intransitive; with it as subject) to be the case that hail is falling
6.
often with it as subject. to fall or cause to fall as or like hail: to hail criticism, bad language hailed about him
Word Origin
Old English hægl; related to Old Frisian heil, Old High German hagal hail, Greek kakhlēx pebble

hail2

/heɪl/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
to greet, esp enthusiastically: the crowd hailed the actress with joy
2.
to acclaim or acknowledge: they hailed him as their hero
3.
to attract the attention of by shouting or gesturing: to hail a taxi, to hail a passing ship
4.
(intransitive) foll by from. to be a native (of); originate (in): she hails from India
noun
5.
the act or an instance of hailing
6.
a shout or greeting
7.
distance across which one can attract attention (esp in the phrase within hail)
sentence substitute
8.
(poetic) an exclamation of greeting
Derived Forms
hailer, noun
Word Origin
C12: from Old Norse heillwhole; see hale1, wassail
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Word Origin and History for hail from

hail

interj.

"greetings!" c.1200, from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse heill "health, prosperity, good luck;" and from Old English hals, shortening of wæs hæil "be healthy" (see health and cf. wassail).

n.

"frozen rain," Old English hægl, hagol (Mercian hegel) "hail, hailstorm," also the name of the rune for H, from West Germanic *haglaz (cf. Old Frisian heil, Old Saxon, Old High German hagal, Old Norse hagl, German Hagel "hail"), probably from PIE *kaghlo- "pebble" (cf. Greek kakhlex "round pebble").

v.

"to call from a distance," 1560s, originally nautical, from hail (interj.). Related: Hailed; hailing. Hail fellow well met is 1580s, from a familiar greeting. Hail Mary (c.1300) is the angelic salutation (Latin ave Maria), cf. Luke i:58, used as a devotional recitation. As a desperation play in U.S. football, attested by 1940. To hail from is 1841, originally nautical. "Hail, Columbia," the popular patriotic song, was a euphemism for "hell" in American English slang from c.1850-1910.

Old English hagolian, from root of hail (n.). Related: Hailed; hailing. Figurative use from mid-15c.

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hail from in Science
hail
  (hāl)   
Precipitation in the form of rounded pellets of ice and hard snow that usually falls during thunderstorms. Hail forms when raindrops are blown up and down within a cloud, passing repeatedly through layers of warm and freezing air and collecting layers of ice until they are too heavy for the winds to keep them from falling.
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hail from in Culture

hail definition


Pellets of ice that form when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops to high altitudes, where the water freezes and then falls back to Earth. Hailstones as large as baseballs have been recorded. Hail can damage crops and property.

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hail from in the Bible

frozen rain-drops; one of the plagues of Egypt (Ex. 9:23). It is mentioned by Haggai as a divine judgment (Hag. 2:17). A hail-storm destroyed the army of the Amorites when they fought against Joshua (Josh. 10:11). Ezekiel represents the wall daubed with untempered mortar as destroyed by great hail-stones (Ezek. 13:11). (See also 38:22; Rev. 8:7; 11:19; 16:21.)

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Idioms and Phrases with hail from

hail from

Come from, originate from, as in He hails from Oklahoma. This term originally referred to the port from which a ship had sailed. [ Mid-1800s ]

hail

In addition to the idiom beginning with hail also see: within call (hail)
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