Definition of "gale" []

  • A very strong wind. (noun)
  • Any of four winds with speeds of from 32 to 63 miles (51 to 102 kilometers) per hour, according to the Beaufort scale. (noun)
  • A fresh gale. (noun)
  • A forceful outburst: gales of laughter. (noun)
  • Archaic A breeze. (noun)
  • A strong wind, specifically one of force seven to ten on the Beaufort scale or from 45 to 90 kilometres per hour (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A loud outburst, esp of laughter (noun)
  • A gentle breeze (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "gale" in a sentence
  • "Cimbri used the _Tamarix germanica_, the Scandinavians the fruit of the sweet gale (_Myrica gale_), the Cauchi the fruit and the twigs of the chaste tree (_Vitex agrius castus_), and the Icelanders the yarrow"
  • "One by one, like a flight of swallows, our more meagrely sparred and canvassed yachts went by, leaving them wallowing and dead and shortening down in what they called a gale but which we called a dandy sailing breeze."
  • "Bevirt said the system is designed to withstand strong winds, and in gale-force winds or periods of no wind at all the array would be programmed to land itself and take to the air again when the wind conditions are more suitable."