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Princeton's WordNet

  1. squallverb

    sudden violent winds; often accompanied by precipitation

  2. squall, waul, wawlverb

    make high-pitched, whiney noises

  3. shout, shout out, cry, call, yell, scream, holler, hollo, squallverb

    utter a sudden loud cry

    "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"

  4. squallverb

    blow in a squall

    "When it squalls, a prudent sailor reefs his sails"


  1. squallnoun

    A squall line, multicell line, or part of a squall line.

  2. squallnoun

    A sudden storm, as found in a squall line. Often a nautical usage.

  3. squallverb

    To cry or wail loudly.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Squallnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    There oft are heard the notes of infant woe,
    The short thick sob, loud scream, and shriller squall. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To SQUALLverb

    To scream out as a child or woman frighted.

    Etymology: squala, Swedish.

    In my neighbourhood, a very pretty prattling shoulder of veal squalls out at the sight of a knife. Spectator.

    I put five into my coat pocket, and as to the sixth I made a countenance as if I would eat him alive. The poor man squalled terribly. Jonathan Swift.

    Cornelius sunk back on a chair; the guests stood astonished; the infant squawl’d. Scriblerus Club .


  1. squall

    A squall is a sudden, sharp increase in wind speed that is usually associated with active weather, such as rain showers, thunderstorms, or heavy snow. It lasts for a brief period of time and often changes the existing atmospheric conditions drastically.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Squallnoun

    a sudden violent gust of wind often attended with rain or snow

  2. Squallverb

    to cry out; to scream or cry violently, as a woman frightened, or a child in anger or distress; as, the infant squalled

  3. Squallnoun

    a loud scream; a harsh cry

  4. Etymology: [Icel. skvala. Cf. Squeal.]


  1. Squall

    A squall is a sudden, sharp increase in wind speed which is usually associated with active weather, such as rain showers, thunderstorms, or heavy snow. Squalls refer to an increase in the sustained winds over a short time interval, as there may be higher gusts during a squall event. They usually occur in a region of strong mid-level height falls, or mid-level tropospheric cooling, which force strong localized upward motions at the leading edge of the region of cooling, which then enhances local downward motions just in its wake.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Squall

    skwawl, v.i. to cry out violently.—n. a loud cry or scream: a violent gust of wind.—n. Squall′er.—adj. Squall′y, abounding or disturbed with squalls or gusts of wind: gusty, blustering: threatening a squall.—White squall, a tropical whirlwind, coming on without warning other than a small white cloud. [Scand., Sw. sqvala, to gush out.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. squall

    A sudden gust of wind, frequently occasioned by the interruption and reverberation of the wind from high mountains. These are very frequent in the Mediterranean, particularly in the Levant.--A black squall. One attended with a dark cloud and generally heavy rain.--A white squall. This furious and dangerous gust occurs in clear weather, without any other warning than the white foam it occasions on the surface of the sea, and a very thin haze. When this squall reaches a ship, copious rain attends it. It is very destructive to the flying-kite school, and many lives have been sacrificed by it.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. squall

    A sudden and violent gust of wind, often attended with rain or snow. Black squall, a squall attended with dark, heavy clouds. Thick squall, a black squall accompanied by rain, hail, sleet, etc. White squall, a squall which comes unexpectedly, without being marked in its approach by the clouds.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of squall in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of squall in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of squall in a Sentence

  1. Raleigh Murphy:

    This is a serious squall, it's part of life on the Gulf Coast, just something we have to deal with.

  2. State Police Lieutenant Jerome Maslan:

    We had a snow squall go through around 9:45 a.m. ET this morning, which typically will reduce visibility.

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