from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A wind having a speed ranging from 47 to 54 miles (75 to 86 kilometers) per hour, according to the Beaufort scale.

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  • n. wind moving 47-54 knots; 9 on the Beaufort scale


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  • The fleet lost sight of Sicily, passed before the Isle of Malta, discovered the capes of Africa, ran along the coast with a strong gale from the north-east, and finally cast anchor at the promontory of Caput Vada, about five days’ journey to the south of

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • By midnight, the three frigates, having the force on board which was intended for this debarkation, approached within three miles of the place; but owing to a strong gale of wind in the offing, and a strong current against them in-shore, they were not able to get within a mile of the landing-place before daybreak; and then they were seen, and their intention discovered.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson


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