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Definition of "hail" []

  • Precipitation in the form of spherical or irregular pellets of ice larger than 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) in diameter. (noun)
  • Something that falls with the force and quantity of a shower of ice and hard snow: a hail of pebbles; a hail of criticism. (noun)
  • To precipitate in pellets of ice and hard snow. (verb-intransitive)
  • To fall like hailstones: Condemnations hailed down on them. (verb-intransitive)
  • To pour (something) down or forth: They hailed insults at me. (verb-transitive)

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.

Use "hail" in a sentence
  • "The term hail was a common mode of salutation to a king, or even to a friend."
  • "After marching for an hour toward the city center, they encountered what he described as a hail of gunfire volleyed by Gaddafi forces into the crowd."
  • "After marching for an hour toward the city center, they encountered what he described as a hail of gunfire directed by Gaddafi forces into the crowd."