Gale (?), n. [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.]


A strong current of air; a wind between a stiff breeze and a hurricane. The most violent gales are called tempests.

Gales have a velocity of from about eighteen ("moderate") to about eighty ("very heavy") miles an our.

Sir. W. S. Harris.


A moderate current of air; a breeze.

A little gale will soon disperse that cloud. Shak.

And winds of gentlest gale Arabian odors fanned From their soft wings. Milton.


A state of excitement, passion, or hilarity.

The ladies, laughing heartily, were fast getting into what, in New England, is sometimes called a gale. Brooke (Eastford).

Topgallant gale Naut., one in which a ship may carry her topgallant sails.


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Gale (?), v. i. Naut.

To sale, or sail fast.


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Gale, n [OE. gal. See Gale wind.]

A song or story.




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Gale, v. i. [AS. galan. See 1st Gale.]

To sing.

[Obs.] "Can he cry and gale."

Court of Love.


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Gale, n [AS. gagel, akin to D. gagel.] Bot.

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.


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Gale, n. [Cf. Gabel.]

The payment of a rent or annuity.


Mozley & W.

Gale day, the day on which rent or interest is due.


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