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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Hail′ Mar′y(n.)

  1. Category: Religion

    Ref: Ave Maria.

  2. Category: Sport

Origin of Hail Mary:

1300–50; ME, trans. of ML Ave Maria

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Ave Maria, Hail Mary(noun)

    a salutation to the Virgin Mary now used in prayers to her

Wiktionary

  1. Hail Mary(Noun)

    A prayer calling for the intercession of the Holy Mother, for Catholics an essential element of the rosary, and with use in certain other denominations.

  2. Hail Mary(Noun)

    A long forward pass with little chance of completion, typically used when time is running out and no other play is practical.

  3. Hail Mary(Noun)

    An act done in desperation, with only a very small chance of success.

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  1. Hail Mary

    The Ave Maria is a traditional Catholic prayer asking for the intercession of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. The Hail Mary is used within the Catholic Church, and it forms the basis of the Rosary. The prayer is also used by some Anglicans and by many other groups within the Western Catholic tradition of Christianity. A somewhat different form of the prayer is used in the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches and other groups of Eastern Christianity. Some Protestant denominations, such as Lutherans, also make use of a form of the prayer. Most of the text of the Hail Mary can be found within the Gospel of Luke.

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