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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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British Dictionary definitions for z gale

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 z gale

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 z gale

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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