from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Precipitation in the form of spherical or irregular pellets of ice larger than 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) in diameter.
- n. Something that falls with the force and quantity of a shower of ice and hard snow: a hail of pebbles; a hail of criticism.
- intransitive v. To precipitate in pellets of ice and hard snow.
- intransitive v. To fall like hailstones: Condemnations hailed down on them.
- transitive v. To pour (something) down or forth: They hailed insults at me.
- transitive v. To salute or greet.
- transitive v. To greet or acclaim enthusiastically: The crowds hailed the boxing champion.
- transitive v. To call out or yell in order to catch the attention of: hail a cabdriver.
- intransitive v. To signal or call to a passing ship as a greeting or identification.
- n. The act of greeting or acclaiming.
- n. A shout made to catch someone's attention or to greet.
- n. Hailing distance: told me to stay within hail.
- interj. Used to express a greeting or tribute.
- hail from To come or originate from: She hails from Texas.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Balls or pieces of ice falling as precipitation, often in connection with a thunderstorm.
- v. Said of the weather when hail is falling.
- v. to send or release hail
- v. to greet
- v. to praise enthusiastically
- v. to call out loudly in order to gain the attention of
- adj. Healthy, whole, safe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Small roundish masses of ice precipitated from the clouds, where they are formed by the congelation of vapor. The separate masses or grains are called hailstones.
- intransitive v. To pour down particles of ice, or frozen vapors.
- transitive v. To pour forcibly down, as hail.
- adj. Healthy. See hale (the preferable spelling).
- transitive v. To call loudly to, or after; to accost; to salute; to address.
- transitive v. To name; to designate; to call.
- intransitive v. To declare, by hailing, the port from which a vessel sails or where she is registered; hence, to sail; to come; -- used with from.
- intransitive v. To report as one's home or the place from whence one comes; to come; -- with from.
- interj. An exclamation of respectful or reverent salutation, or, occasionally, of familiar greeting.
- n. A wish of health; a salutation; a loud call.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Pellets of ice falling in showers.
- To pour down hail.
- To pour down or put forth like hail; emit in rapid succession.
- See hale.
- Be whole; be safe; be happy: a term of salutation now used without thought of its literal meaning, and merely as an exclamatory expression of well-wishing: used absolutely, or followed by a noun with to.
- To salute; welcome; address.
- To call to, as a person, or, by metonymy, a place, house, ship, etc., at a distance; cry out to in order to attract attention.
- To offer or exchange greeting or tidings; report or declare one's self.
- n. A salutation; greeting; call; summons; challenge of attention.
- n. The varions responses made by naval officers at night to the sentry, by which the latter may learn the rank of the officer approaching the vessel, are as follows: Flag-officers answer “flag!” the captain gives the name of his ship; the ward-room officers answer, “Aye, aye!” the steerage and warrant officers answer, “No, no!” and petty officers and members of the crew answer, “Hello!” Yachtsmen have adopted this code with a slight modification.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. call for
- v. praise vociferously
- v. precipitate as small ice particles
- v. be a native of
- n. precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents
- n. many objects thrown forcefully through the air
- v. greet enthusiastically or joyfully
- n. enthusiastic greeting
The term hail was a common mode of salutation to a king, or even to a friend.
After marching for an hour toward the city center, they encountered what he described as a hail of gunfire volleyed by Gaddafi forces into the crowd.
After marching for an hour toward the city center, they encountered what he described as a hail of gunfire directed by Gaddafi forces into the crowd.
The second is thematic, the third is what I call a hail Mary choice, and the fourth is what I call a comfort choice.
That's when Craig Johnson sought what he called a "hail Mary" civil commitment hearing, seeking to keep Johnson off the streets.
The "hail" is Jehovah's wrathful visitation (Isa 30: 30; 28: 2, 17).
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