1. A strong current of air; a wind between a stiff breeze and a hurricane. The most violent gales are called tempests.
Note: ☞ Gales have a velocity of from about eighteen (“moderate”) to about eighty (“very heavy”) miles an our.
2. 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.
3. 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.
Gale, n. A song or story. [Obs.]
Gale v. i. Naut. To sale, or sail fast.
Gale, v. i. To sing. [Obs.] “Can he cry and gale.”
Gale, n. 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.
Gale, n. The payment of a rent or annuity. [Eng.]
Gale day, the day on which rent or interest is due.
n : a strong wind moving 45-90 knots; force 7 to 10 on Beaufort