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GALE, n. A current of air; a strong wind. The sense of this word is very indefinite. The poets use it in the sense of a moderate breeze of current of air, as a gentle gale. A stronger wind is called a fresh gale.

In the language of seamen, the word gale,unaccompanied by an epithet, signifies a vehement wind, a storm or tempest. They say, the ship carried away her top-mast in a gale, or gale of wind; the ship rode out the gale. But the word is often qualified, as a hard or strong gale, a violent gale. A current of wind somewhat less violent is denominated a stiff gale. A less vehement wind is called a fresh gale, which is a wind not too strong for a ship to carry single reefed top-sails, when close hauled. When the wind is not so violent but that a ship will carry her top-sails a-trip or full spread, it is called a loom-gale.

GALE, v.i. In seamen's language, to sail, or sail fast.




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GALE, n. A current of air; a strong wind. The sense of this word is very indefinite. The poets use it in the sense of a moderate breeze of current of air, as a gentle gale. A stronger wind is called a fresh gale.

In the language of seamen, the word gale,unaccompanied by an epithet, signifies a vehement wind, a storm or tempest. They say, the ship carried away her top-mast in a gale, or gale of wind; the ship rode out the gale. But the word is often qualified, as a hard or strong gale, a violent gale. A current of wind somewhat less violent is denominated a stiff gale. A less vehement wind is called a fresh gale, which is a wind not too strong for a ship to carry single reefed top-sails, when close hauled. When the wind is not so violent but that a ship will carry her top-sails a-trip or full spread, it is called a loom-gale.

GALE, v.i. In seamen's language, to sail, or sail fast.


GALE, n. [In Dan. gal is furious, and kuler is to blow strong, kuling, a gentle gale, from the root of coal and cold. In Ir. gal is a puff, a blast, and steam. The sense is obvious.]

A current of air; a strong wind. The sense of this word is very indefinite. The poets use it in the sense of a moderate breeze or current of air; as, a gentle gale. A stronger wind is called a fresh gale. In the language of seamen, the word gale, unaccompanied by an epithet, signifies a vehement wind, a storm or tempest. They say, the ship carried away her top-mast in a gale, or gale of wind; the ship rode out the gale. But the word is often qualified; as, a hard or strong gale, a violent gale. A current of wind somewhat less violent is denominated a stiff gale. A less vehement wind is called a fresh gale, which is a wind not too strong for a ship to carry single reefed top-sails, when close hauled. When the wind is not so violent but that a ship will carry her top-sails a-trip or full-spread, it is called a loom-gale. – Mar. Dict. Encyc.


GALE, v.i.

In seamen's language, to sail, or sail fast.


Gale
  1. A strong current of air; a wind between a stiff breeze and a hurricane. The most violent gales are called tempests.

    * Gales have a velocity of from about eighteen ("moderate") to about eighty ("very heavy") miles an our. Sir. W. S. Harris.

  2. To sale, or sail fast.
  3. A song or story.

    [Obs.] Toone.
  4. To sing.

    [Obs.] "Can he cry and gale." Court of Love.
  5. 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.
  6. The payment of a rent or annuity.

    [Eng.] Mozley *** W.

    Gale day, the day on which rent or interest is due.

  7. A moderate current of air; a breeze.

    A little gale will soon disperse that cloud. Shak.

    And winds of gentlest gale Arabian odors fanned
    From their soft wings.
    Milton.

  8. A state of excitement, passion, or hilarity.

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

    Topgallant gale (Naut.), one in which a ship may carry her topgallant sails.

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Gale

GALE, noun A current of air; a strong wind. The sense of this word is very indefinite. The poets use it in the sense of a moderate breeze of current of air, as a gentle gale A stronger wind is called a fresh gale

In the language of seamen, the word gale unaccompanied by an epithet, signifies a vehement wind, a storm or tempest. They say, the ship carried away her top-mast in a gale or gale of wind; the ship rode out the gale But the word is often qualified, as a hard or strong gale a violent gale A current of wind somewhat less violent is denominated a stiff gale A less vehement wind is called a fresh gale which is a wind not too strong for a ship to carry single reefed top-sails, when close hauled. When the wind is not so violent but that a ship will carry her top-sails a-trip or full spread, it is called a loom-gale.

GALE, verb intransitive In seamen's language, to sail, or sail fast.

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