Gale
Gale Gale (g[=a]l), n. [Prob. of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. gal furious, Icel. galinn, cf. Icel. gala to sing, AS. galan to sing, Icel. galdr song, witchcraft, AS. galdor charm, sorcery, E. nightingale; also, Icel. gj[=o]la gust of wind, gola breeze. Cf. {Yell}.] 1. A strong current of air; a wind between a stiff breeze and a hurricane. The most violent gales are called {tempests}. [1913 Webster]

Note: Gales have a velocity of from about eighteen (``moderate'') to about eighty (``very heavy'') miles an our. --Sir. W. S. Harris. [1913 Webster]

2. A moderate current of air; a breeze. [1913 Webster]

A little gale will soon disperse that cloud. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

And winds of gentlest gale Arabian odors fanned From their soft wings. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. A state of excitement, passion, or hilarity. [1913 Webster]

The ladies, laughing heartily, were fast getting into what, in New England, is sometimes called a gale. --Brooke (Eastford). [1913 Webster]

{Topgallant gale} (Naut.), one in which a ship may carry her topgallant sails. [1913 Webster]


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