Definitions for hailheɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to cheer, salute, or greet; welcome.

  2. to acclaim; approve enthusiastically.

  3. to call out to, as in order to stop or to attract the attention of:

    to hail a cab.

  4. (v.i.)hail from, to have as one's place of birth or residence:

    My roommate hails from Indiana.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  5. (n.)a shout or call to attract attention.

  6. a salutation.

  7. (interj.)(used as a salutation or acclamation.)

Idioms for hail:

  1. within hail,within range of hearing; audible.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of hail:

1150–1200; ME hailen, v. der. of hail well, healthy < ON heill



  1. showery precipitation in the form of irregular pellets or balls of ice more than ? in. (5 mm) in diameter, falling from a cumulonimbus cloud

    Category: Meteorology

    Ref: (disting. from sleet ).

  2. a shower or storm of such precipitation.

    Category: Meteorology

  3. a shower of anything:

    a hail of bullets.

  4. (v.i.)to pour down hail (often used impersonally with it as subject):

    It hailed all afternoon.

    Category: Meteorology

  5. to fall or shower like hail:

    Arrows hailed on the troops.

Origin of hail:

bef. 900; ME; OE hægl, c. OHG hagel, ON hagl

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hail(noun)

    precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents

  2. hail(noun)

    many objects thrown forcefully through the air

    "a hail of pebbles"; "a hail of bullets"

  3. hail(verb)

    enthusiastic greeting

  4. acclaim, hail, herald(verb)

    praise vociferously

    "The critics hailed the young pianist as a new Rubinstein"

  5. hail, come(verb)

    be a native of

    "She hails from Kalamazoo"

  6. hail(verb)

    call for

    "hail a cab"

  7. hail, herald(verb)

    greet enthusiastically or joyfully

  8. hail(verb)

    precipitate as small ice particles

    "It hailed for an hour"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hail(verb)ɪl

    (of ice) to fall from the sky like rain

    It was hailing last night.

  2. hailɪl

    to wave your arm to attract a taxi driver's attention

    I hailed a cab from the corner.

  3. hail(noun)ɪl

    balls of ice that fall from the sky like rain

    hail the size of golf balls

  4. hailɪl

    a large number of things flying through the air

    a hail of bullets

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hail(noun)

    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

  2. Hail(verb)

    to pour down particles of ice, or frozen vapors

  3. Hail(verb)

    to pour forcibly down, as hail

  4. Hail(adj)

    healthy. See Hale (the preferable spelling)

  5. Hail(verb)

    to call loudly to, or after; to accost; to salute; to address

  6. Hail(verb)

    to name; to designate; to call

  7. Hail(verb)

    to declare, by hailing, the port from which a vessel sails or where she is registered; hence, to sail; to come; -- used with from; as, the steamer hails from New York

  8. Hail(verb)

    to report as one's home or the place from whence one comes; to come; -- with from

  9. Hail(verb)

    an exclamation of respectful or reverent salutation, or, occasionally, of familiar greeting

  10. Hail(noun)

    a wish of health; a salutation; a loud call


  1. Hail

    Hail is a form of solid precipitation. It consists of balls or irregular lumps of ice, each of which is called a hailstone. Unlike graupel, which is made of rime, and ice pellets, which are smaller and translucent, hailstones – on Earth – consist mostly of water ice and measure between 5 and 200 millimetres in diameter. The METAR reporting code for hail 5 mm or greater is GR, while smaller hailstones and graupel are coded GS. Hail is possible within most thunderstorms as it is produced by cumulonimbi, and within 2 nautical miles of the parent storm. Hail formation requires environments of strong, upward motion of air with the parent thunderstorm and lowered heights of the freezing level. In the mid-latitudes, hail forms near the interiors of continents, while in the tropics, it tends to be confined to high elevations. There are methods available to detect hail-producing thunderstorms using weather satellites and weather radar imagery. Hailstones generally fall at higher speeds as they grow in size, though complicating factors such as melting, friction with air, wind, and interaction with rain and other hailstones can slow their descent through Earth's atmosphere. Severe weather warnings are issued for hail when the stones reach a damaging size, as it can cause serious damage to human-made structures and, most commonly, farmers' crops.

Translations for hail

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


small balls of ice falling from the clouds

There was some hail during the rainstorm last night.

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