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Hail appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

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The word hail is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun hail

What does hail mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: hails

  1. precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents
  2. many objects thrown forcefully through the air
    • examples: a hail of pebbles | a hail of bullets
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic terms: object / physical object = a tangible and visible entity
  3. enthusiastic greeting

Alternative definition of the noun hail


  1. Balls or pieces of ice falling as precipitation, often in connection with a thunderstorm.

Specialised definition of the noun hail

Glossary of sports / hockey / shinty

goal (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the adjective hail

What does hail mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. [obsolete] Healthy, whole, safe.

Definition of the verb hail

What does hail mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: hailed | hailing | hails

  1. praise vociferously
  2. be a native of
    • example: She hails from Kalamazoo
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of hail: come
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  3. call for
    • example: hail a cab
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic terms: call / send for = order, request, or command to come
  4. greet enthusiastically or joyfully
  5. precipitate as small ice particles

Alternative definition of the verb hail


  1. [impersonal] Said of the weather when hail is falling.
  2. [transitive] to send or release hail
  3. [transitive] to greet
  4. [transitive] to praise enthusiastically
  5. [transitive] to call out loudly in order to gain the attention of


  1. "Hail" is a 2011 biographical drama film written and directed by Amiel Courtin-Wilson.
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  3. "Hail" is a 2011 animated short film directed by Emily Hubley.

Phrases with Hail

Phrases starting with the word Hail:

  1. hail from
  2. hail mary
  3. Hail Storm
  4. hail-fellow
  5. Hail and ride
  6. Hail fellow well met
  7. hail-fellow-well-met

Phrases ending with the word Hail:

  1. to hail
  2. Rail Hail

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Hail

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Google previewALU, An Advanced Guide to Operative Runology (2012)

by Edred Thorsson

The Old English Rune-Poem says: hægl byþ hwı ̄tust corna (hail is the whitest of grains); the Old Norwegian Rune-Rhyme says: hagall er kaldastr...

and the Old Icelandic Rune-Poem says: hagall er kaldakorn (hail is a cold grain).

Google previewWyrdworking (2011)

The Path of a Saxon Sorcerer by Alaric Albertsson

Hail is the whitest of seeds, its circling comes from the lofty sky, it tosses in the wind's shower, it then becomes water...

Truly life-threatening hail is a rarity in Europe; the worst hailstorms—those most likely to form large, deadly stones— tend to ...

Google previewTexas School Journal (1905)

but hail is an unusual result of vapor condensation and freezing, and appears to be formed when the air is in violent commotion at an elevation where the temperature is very low — perhaps when a body of warm moist air somehow flows up ...

Google previewWater Sustainability, A Global Perspective (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Hail is a form of solid precipitation.

Google previewSinging Mary's Song (2012)

An Advent Message of Hope and Deliverance by John A. Stroman

The word hail means to greet with enthusiastic acclaim and welcome. This Advent let us say, “Hail, Mary!” THE MARY OF THE BIBLE The biblical account of Advent is rooted in Old Testament events, beginning when God promised Abram, ...

Google previewThe Routledge Student Guide to English Usage (2016)

A Guide to Academic Writing for Students by Stewart Clark, Graham Pointon

As a verb, hail means to make a gesture to stop a taxi or bus. In another sense, it means to praise someone or something for success, a brave action, or similar: All the critics hailed the play as a masterpiece. Hail is used less frequently as a ...

Google previewSelect pieces (1838)

from the practical and devotional writings of the eminently pious and learned Bishop Hall. To which is prefixed, a memoir of the author by Joseph Hall

Hail is an ordinary occurrence, murrain of cattle an ordinary disease ; yet for a plague to obdurate Pharaoh, both were miraculously wrought. When we observe things manifestly deviating from the road of nature, and working above the power ...

Google previewWeathering the Psalms (2014)

A Meteorotheological Survey by Steve A. Wiggins

although generally produced by a thunderstorm, hail is a weather phenomenon that consists of ice. The frozen water droplets high in a cumulus cloud begin to fall, but in a severe storm an updraft lifts the falling ice back up within the cloud.

Google previewLuke (2011)

Gospel to the Nameless and Faceless by W. Mark Tew

The greeting translated hail is the Greek word χαίρω (chairō). This root ...

Google previewThe Pearson CSAT Manual 2012 (2012)

Hall Hail is a precipitation in the form of round or irregularly shaped lumps of ice. Falling ice crystals that collide with supercooled water droplets become white pellets called snow pellets or gmupcl. When such collisions occur repeatedly, the ...

Google previewDictionary of Nature Myths (2000)

Legends of the Earth, Sea, and Sky by Tamra Andrews

Hail has always posed a threat to creatures and crops exposed to the open land. Hail could devastate farmers' fields in seconds, and early agriculturists knew all too well of its strength. When hailstorms ravage the earth, some people ...

Google previewThe domestic encyclopedia, or, A dictionary of facts and useful knowledge, chiefly applicable to rural & domestic economy (1821)

with an appendix, containing additions in domestic medicine, and the veterinary and culinary arts by Anthony Florian Madinger Willich, Thomas Cooper, Katherine Golden Bitting Collection on Gastronomy (Library of Congress)

HAIL, in meteorology, a meteor consisting of vapour more intensely frozen than when it appears in the form of snow. Brccakta supposes it to be formed in the higher regions of the atmos- Voi. II. HAI phere, where the cold is extreme, and where ...

Google previewZondervan Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (2010)

by John A. Beck

Hail is an icy form of precipitation associated with severe thunderstorms. It forms when water droplets are seized by the powerful updrafts of tall, mature thunderstorms and swept above the freezing level. Complimentary downdrafts recirculate ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

But hail doe* none of these. In winter, it lies not . sufficiently close to cover vegetables from the nipping frosts ; and in spring and summer itnot only has a chilling and blasting effect, but often does great damage to the more tender plants by the ...

Google previewDictionary of Homonyms (2007)

by David Rothwell

hail, hale If ...

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of the English Language, Both with Regard to Sound and Meaning (1790)

by Thomas Sheridan

HAIL ...

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Usage statistics about hail

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Quotes about Hail

Wind is changing, it's getting stronger
when rain starts wetting, hail will hit the ground
hail will hit my back, I'll be waiting (Ilaria Boffa)
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Scrabble value of H4A1I1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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