What does hail mary mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Ave Maria, Hail Mary(noun)

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


  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.


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hail mary in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hail mary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Brad Hendran:

    I fell to my knees and started saying our father and hail Mary's. ... I'm gonna hug her. ... I'm gonna hug her. I hope she is OK.

  2. Daniel Ives:

    They're going to continue to be a tertiary player in mobile unless something dramatically changes, nokia was that Hail Mary acquisition that was clearly a failure.

  3. Chris Harmer:

    If the moderates separate themselves from Nusra, immediately the Russians and Assad go kill them, the idea that the moderate rebels will separate themselves from Nusra is just not going to happen. It (the administration plan) is a Hail Mary pass that is dead on arrival.

  4. John Boehner:

    Keep the country's best interest in mind and have the courage to do what you can do, in our system of government, it's not about Hail Mary passes. It's the Woody Hayes school of football -- three yards and a cloud of dust. Three yards and a cloud of dust. It's a slow, methodical process.

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