American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A loud, harsh cry.
- v. To scream or cry loudly and harshly.
- n. A brief sudden violent windstorm, often accompanied by rain or snow.
- n. Informal A brief commotion.
- v. To blow strongly for a brief period.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sudden and violent gust of wind, or a succession of such gusts, usually accompanied by rain, snow, or sleet. In a ship's log-book abbreviated q.
- n. Synonyms Gale, etc. See wind.
- To blow a squall: used chieflyimpersonally: as, itsqualled terribly.
- To cry out; scream or cry violently, as a frightened woman or a child in anger or distress: used in contempt or dislike.
- To utter in a discordant, screaming tone.
- n. A harsh cry; a loud and discordant scream; a sound intermediate in character between a squawk and a squeal.
- n. A baby; pet; minx; girl: used vaguely, in endearment or reproach.
- n. A squall line, multicell line, or part of a squall line.
- n. A sudden storm, as found in a squall line. Often a nautical usage.
- v. To cry or wail loudly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A sudden and violent gust of wind often attended with rain or snow.
- v. To cry out; to scream or cry violently, as a woman frightened, or a child in anger or distress.
- n. A loud scream; a harsh cry.
- n. sudden violent winds; often accompanied by precipitation
- v. make high-pitched, whiney noises
- v. blow in a squall
- v. utter a sudden loud cry
- The verb is from Old Norse skvala ("to cry out"). The noun is probably from the verb. (Wiktionary)
- Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skvala, to squeal.Probably of Scandinavian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They are more dangerous than what we call a squall line.”
“The wind shifted back and forth between southeast and northeast, and at midnight the Pyrenees was caught aback by a sharp squall from the southwest, from which point the wind continued to blow intermittently.”
“It won't be long before that squall is drenching things.”
“This "little squall" is far from being put to bed,”
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“When you hear the word squall line, you can get some wind damage and probably some hail.”
“But then the clouds thickened and a cold rain squall moved in.”
“As he smoked he watched the abrupt misting of the stars by a rain - squall that made to windward or to where windward might vaguely be configured.”
“Van Horn, forced below by the driving wet of a heavy rain squall, took Jerry with him to sleep in the tiny stateroom.”
“To the eastward Ua-huka was being blotted out by an evening rain - squall that was fast overtaking the Snark.”
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