from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A very strong wind.
- n. Any of four winds with speeds of from 32 to 63 miles (51 to 102 kilometers) per hour, according to the Beaufort scale.
- n. A fresh gale.
- n. A forceful outburst: gales of laughter.
- n. Archaic A breeze.
- n. The sweet gale.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To sing; charm; enchant.
- v. To cry; groan; croak.
- v. To talk.
- v. To call.
- v. To sing; utter with musical modulations.
- n. A very strong wind, more than a breeze, less than a storm; number 7 through 9 winds on the 12-step Beaufort scale.
- n. An outburst, especially of laughter.
- n. A light breeze.
- n. A shrub, sweet gale (Myrica gale) growing on moors and fens.
- n. A periodic payment, such as is made of a rent or annuity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A strong current of air; a wind between a stiff breeze and a hurricane. The most violent gales are called tempests.
- n. A moderate current of air; a breeze.
- n. A state of excitement, passion, or hilarity.
- intransitive v. To sale, or sail fast.
- n. A song or story.
- intransitive v. To sing.
- n. A plant of the genus Myrica, growing in wet places, and strongly resembling the bayberry. The sweet gale (Myrica Gale) is found both in Europe and in America.
- n. The payment of a rent or annuity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sing.
- To cry; groan; croak.
- Of a person, to “croak”; talk.
- To sing; utter with musical modulations.
- n. A song.
- n. Speech; discourse.
- n. A strong natural current of air; a wind; a breeze; more specifically, in nautical use, a wind between a stiff breeze and a storm or tempest: generally with some qualifying epithet: as, a gentle, moderate, brisk, fresh, stiff, strong, or hard gale.
- n. Figuratively, a state of noisy excitement, as of hilarity or of passion.
- n. By extension, an odor-laden current of air.
- n. The Myrica Gale, a shrub growing in marshy places in northern Europe and Asia and in North America: more usually called sweet-gale, from its pleasant aromatic odor.
- n. A periodical payment of rent, interest, duty, or custom; an instalment of money.
- n. The right of a free miner to have possession of a plot of land within the Forest of Dean and hundred of St. Briavels, in England, and to work the coal and iron thereunder.
- To ache or tingle with cold, as the fingers.
- To crack with heat or dryness, as wood.
- A copper coin.
- n. Gales are classified as moderate, fresh, strong, and whole gales. See Beaufort scale.
- To sail away before the wind, or to outstrip another vessel in sailing: generally with away.
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- n. a strong wind moving 45-90 knots; force 7 to 10 on Beaufort scale
Middle English gail, from Old English gagel.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English galen, from Old English galan ("to sing, enchant, call, cry, scream; sing charms, practice incantation"), from Proto-Germanic *galanan (“to roop, sing, charm”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰol-, *gʰel- (“to shout, scream, charm away”). Cognate with Danish gale ("to crow"), Swedish gala ("to crow"), Icelandic gala ("to sing, chant, crow"), Dutch galm ("sound, noise"). Related to yell. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English gale ("a wind, breeze"), probably of North Germanic origin, related to Icelandic gola ("a breeze"), Danish gal, furious, mad, from Old Norse gala ("to sing"). (Wiktionary)
Middle English gail, from Old English gagel (Wiktionary)
Middle English gavel ("rent", "tribute"), from Old English gafol (Wiktionary)