And every squall was to be regarded as a bludgeon capable of crushing the Snark.
The instant I was aware there was a squall, I sprang for the jib-sheet.
A squall at sea no unusual occurrence is often the cause of anxiety, being attended with danger.
The last commands were roars at the horse, for, at that moment, the squall struck.
By this time the squall had passed, and it lightened up a little.
So the swoop of the squall took them completely by surprise.
I suppose I waited like that for a full minute before the roar of the squall grew less.
If I cut adrift in a squall, I stand a pretty fair chance not to see you again.
He felt he had gained his point, and gave another kick and a squall, at the same time planting a blow on his mother's eye.
The brig may get a lot of sternway on her should this squall not strike her fairly.
"sudden, violent gust of wind," 1719, originally nautical, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian skval "sudden rush of water," Swedish skvala "to gush, pour down"), probably ultimately a derivative of squall (v.).
"cry out loudly," 1630s, probably from Old Norse skvala "to cry out," of imitative origin (cf. squeal). Related: Squalled; squalling.
A brief, sudden, violent windstorm, often accompanied by rain or snow. A squall is said to occur if a wind having a sustained speed of 40 km (25 mi) per hour lasts at least 1 minute and then decreases rapidly. See also squall line.