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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gale(noun)

    a strong wind moving 45-90 knots; force 7 to 10 on Beaufort scale


  1. gale(Noun)

    A periodic payment, such as is made of a rent or annuity.

    Gale day - the day on which rent or interest is due. Definition from 1913 Webster.

  2. gale(Noun)

    A shrub, sweet gale (Myrica gale) growing on moors and fens.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gale(noun)

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

  2. Gale(noun)

    a moderate current of air; a breeze

  3. Gale(noun)

    a state of excitement, passion, or hilarity

  4. Gale(verb)

    to sale, or sail fast

  5. Gale(noun)

    a song or story

  6. Gale(verb)

    to sing

  7. Gale(noun)

    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

  8. Gale(noun)

    the payment of a rent or annuity

  9. Origin: [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. gjla gust of wind, gola breeze. Cf. Yell.]


  1. Gale

    A gale is a very strong wind. There are conflicting definitions of how strong a wind must be to be considered a gale. The U.S. government's National Weather Service defines a gale as 34–47 knots of sustained surface winds. Forecasters typically issue gale warnings when winds of this strength are expected. Other sources use minima as low as 28 knots and maxima as high as 90 knots. Through 1986, the National Hurricane Center used the term gale to refer to winds of tropical force for coastal areas, between 33 knots and 63 knots. The 90-knot definition is very non-standard. A common alternative definition of the maximum is 55 knots. The most common way of measuring winds is with the Beaufort scale, which defines gale as wind from 50 to 102 km/h. It is an empirical measure for describing wind speed based mainly on observed sea conditions. Its full name is the Beaufort Wind Force Scale. On the Beaufort Wind Scale, a Gale is classified as: Moderate Gale, Fresh Gale, Strong Gale and Whole Gale. A Gale is a type of Wind Description preceded by Calm, Light Air, light Breeze, Gentle Breeze, Moderate Breeze, Fresh Breeze, Strong Breeze and succeeded by Storm,Violent Storm and Hurricane on a Beaufort Wind Scale. There is a unique Beaufort Scale number and a unique Arrow Indication for each type of Wind Description mentioned above.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gale

    gāl, n. a strong wind between a stiff breeze and a hurricane: (coll.) a state of noisy excitement. [Prob. elliptical for gale (or gall) wind. Mr Bradley disfavours the Scand. ety., which connects with Dan. gal, mad, Norw. galen, raging.]

  2. Gale

    gāl, n. a shrub growing in marshy spots, usually called Sweet-gale. [Prob. A.S. gagel; cf. Ger. gagel, a myrtle-bush.]

  3. Gale

    gāl, n. a periodic payment of rent. [Gavel.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of GALE in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of GALE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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