What does gale mean?

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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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Johnson:

    He that embarks on the voyage of life will always wish to advance rather by the impulse of the wind than the strokes of the oar; and many foulder in their passage; while they lie waiting for the gale.

  2. Mary Parenteau:

    This work may support a renewed interest in sampling ancient iron deposits on Earth (e.g., Precambrian iron formations) to search for evidence of microbial life, regardless of their low organic carbon content, and may support analysis of organics in iron deposits on Mars, such as Hematite Ridge in Gale Crater.

  3. Woody Fischer:

    There are still many kilometers of Mars history to explore, the strata will reveal Gale’s early history, its tory. We know there are rocks that were deposited underwater, in the lake. What is the chemistry of these rocks ? That lake represented an interface between the water and the atmosphere, and should tell us important things about the environment of the time.

  4. Robin Green:

    That's the whole thing with the hog. It's you and 80 wild horses under your butt, just sitting on 10 square inches where the rubber meets the road. That hurricane gale wind whipping you in the face, leaning into a curve you can feel that gravity wanting to suck you down into it and what do you do Give it a little more gas. Pure centrifugal force. You can see yourself hurtling ass end over teakettle into oblivion.

  5. Clare Nullis:

    We do expect it will weaken before it makes landfall. It will probably be more on the lines of Category 1. But even so there will be very high gale force winds in an area that is just not used to seeing this, the winds are a threat but we expect the biggest impact will be from the very, very, very serious rainfall. I've seen some reports that the area might get the equivalent of more than a year's worth of rainfall in a couple of days.

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