hail

1 [heyl]
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; Middle English haile, earlier heilen, derivative of hail health < Old Norse heill; cognate with Old English hǣl. See heal, wassail

hailer, noun


2. cheer, applaud, honor, exalt, laud, extol.
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hail

2 [heyl]
noun
1.
showery precipitation in the form of irregular pellets or balls of ice more than 1/5 (0.2) inch (5 mm) in diameter, falling from a cumulonimbus cloud (distinguished from sleet ).
2.
a shower or storm of such precipitation.
3.
a shower of anything: a hail of bullets.
verb (used without object)
4.
to pour down hail (often used impersonally with it as subject): It hailed this afternoon.
5.
to fall or shower as hail: Arrows hailed down on the troops as they advanced.
verb (used with object)
6.
to pour down on as or like hail: The plane hailed leaflets on the city.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English hægl, variant of hagol; cognate with German Hagel, Old Norse hagl

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hail1 (heɪl)
 
n
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
 
vb (often with it as subject)
5.  (intr; with it as subject) to be the case that hail is falling
6.  to fall or cause to fall as or like hail: to hail criticism; bad language hailed about him
 
[Old English hægl; related to Old Frisian heil, Old High German hagal hail, Greek kakhlēx pebble]

hail2 (heɪl)
 
vb (foll by from)
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.  to be a native (of); originate (in): she hails from India
 
n
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
 
[C12: from Old Norse heillwhole; see hale1, wassail]
 
'hailer2
 
n

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Word Origin & History

hail
"greetings!" c.1200, from O.N. heill "health, prosperity, good luck;" and O.E. hals, shortening of wæs hæil "be healthy" (see health and cf. wassail). The verb meaning "to call from a distance" is 1563, originally nautical. Hail fellow
well met is 1581, from a familiar greeting. Hail Mary (c.1300) is the angelic salutation (L. ave Maria), cf. Luke i.58, used as a devotional recitation.

hail
"frozen rain," O.E. hægl, hagol, from W.Gmc. *haglaz (cf. O.H.G. hagal, O.N. hagl, Ger. hagel "hail"), probably from PIE *kaghlo- "pebble" (cf. Gk. kakhlex "round pebble").
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hail   (hāl)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Cultural Dictionary

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 definition


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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Example sentences
The incongruity of a gas station being hailed as green is not strictly the
  fault of its architecture.
The decision he made has long been hailed as the type of behavior that
  fundamentally separates humans from other apes.
Then, the additional benefit of reducing the amounts of pesticides used to
  produce such food were hailed.
It was hailed as the predicted transition between fish and land animals.
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