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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A couple of them gals were real beauties.
▪ All those sweet little gals in white uniforms.
▪ And she never was an assassination gal.
▪ Gan played Nintendo and his gal ran and grabbed the best tent site.
▪ Gee! what a swell gal she is.
▪ Got up there and got tied up with one of them Mississippi gals and one year led to two led to five.
▪ One of the gals on the board has uh some how to stuff got to get that from her.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

slang pronunciation of girl, 1795, originally noted as a vulgarism (in Benjamin Dearborn's "Columbian Grammar"). Gal Friday is 1940, in reference to "Robinson Crusoe."


Etymology 1 n. A gallon. Etymology 2

n. (context colloquial dated English) An adolescent girl or young woman. Etymology 3

n. A galileo.

  1. n. United States liquid unit equal to 4 quarts or 3.785 liters [syn: gallon]

  2. a unit of gravitational acceleration equal to one centimeter per second per second (named after Galileo)

  3. alliterative term for girl (or woman)

GAL (paramilitary group)

GAL (an acronym for Grupos Antiterroristas de Liberación, "Antiterrorist Liberation Groups") were death squads established illegally by officials of the Spanish government to fight ETA, the principal Basque separatist militant group. They were active from 1983 until 1987, under Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE)-led governments. It was proven at trial that they were financed by important officials within the Spanish Interior Ministry. The Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo played an important role in revealing the plot when it ran a comprehensive series of articles on the matter.

Gal (unit)

The gal (symbol Gal), sometimes called galileo, is a unit of acceleration used extensively in the science of gravimetry. The gal is defined as 1 centimeter per second squared (1 cm/s). The milligal (mGal) and microgal (µGal) refer respectively to one thousandth and one millionth of a gal.

The gal is not part of the International System of Units (known by its French-language initials "SI"). In 1978 the CIPM decided that it was permissible to use the gal "with the SI until the CIPM considers that [its] use is no longer necessary". However, use of the gal is deprecated by ISO 80000-3:2006.

The gal is a derived unit, defined in terms of the centimeter-gram-second (CGS) base unit of length, the centimeter, and the second, which is the base unit of time in both the CGS and the modern SI system. In SI base units, 1 Gal is equal to 0.01 m/s.

The acceleration due to Earth’s gravity (see Standard gravity) at its surface is 976 to 983 Gal, the variation being due mainly to differences in latitude and elevation. Mountains and masses of lesser density within the Earth's crust typically cause variations in gravitational acceleration of tens to hundreds of milligals (mGal). The gravity gradient (variation with height) above Earth's surface is about 3.1 µGal per centimeter of height , resulting in a maximal difference of about 2 Gal (0.02 m/s) from the top of Mount Everest to sea level.

Unless it is being used at the beginning of a sentence or in paragraph or section titles, the unit name gal is properly spelled with a lowercase g. As with the torr and its symbol, the unit name (gal) and its symbol (Gal) are spelled identically except that the latter is capitalized.

The gal is named after Galileo Galilei, a physicist who made the first measurements of the Earth's gravity.


Gál is a Hungarian surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • András Gál (born 1989), Hungarian football defender with BFC Siófok
  • Bernhard Gál (born 1971), Austrian artist, composer and musicologist
  • Gyula Gál (born 1976), Hungarian handball player
  • Hans Gál (1890–1987), Austro-British composer, teacher and pianist
  • Henrik Gál (born 1947), Hungarian former Olympic wrestler
  • István Sándor Gál or Steven Gaal (born 1924), Hungarian-American mathematician
  • Kinga Gál (born 1970), a Hungarian politician and political writer
  • Melinda Gál (born 1976), Hungarian pornographic film actress with the pseudonym Dora Venter
  • Minya Csaba Gál (born 1985), Romanian rugby union footballer
  • Róbert Gál (born 1979), Hungarian artistic gymnast
  • Sándor Gál (1868-1937), Hungarian lawyer and politician
  • Tímea Gál (born 1984), Hungarian woman footballer
  • Zoltán Gál (born 1940), Hungarian politician
  • Zoltán J. Gál (born 1973), Hungarian politician
GAL (cuneiform)

GAL (Borger 2003 nr. 553; U+120F2 ????) is the Sumerian cuneiform for "great".

GAL (cartoonist)

Gerard Alsteens (born 3 August 1940 in Oudergem) is a Belgian political cartoonist, graphic artist and painter who works under the pseudonym "GAL". He is infamous for his sharp political cartoons which, artistically speaking, share a closer resemblance to paintings than regularly drawn cartoons. Throughout the years his work has received several prizes and awards.

Gal (1969 album)

Gal is the second album by Brazilian singer Gal Costa, released months after the first album Gal Costa.

Gal (newspaper)

Gal is a trilingual semimonthly newspaper published in Gali District, Abkhazia. It is the only (partially) Mingrelian-language newspaper in the world. It was founded in 1995 by Nugzar Salakaia, who is still the editor. Gal has a circulation of 1000.

Between 1995 and 1998, the building that housed the newspaper's office and printing press was blown up six times by Georgian paramilitary forces.

Usage examples of "gal".

Karen Bircher, who at the age of forty-one had gone from being a powerhouse career gal to a mom at home in the space of fifteen months.

I was thinking of going to the tea room and meeting a couple of gals from my Bunco club.

Under these conditions, there was a continued but small leakage into the caisson of from 15,000 to 20,000 gal.

Then to an accompaniment of lutes and theorbos and citherns moving above the pulse of muffled drums, a choir of maidens sang a song of welcome, strewing the path before the lords of Demonland and the Queen with sweet white hyacinths and narcissus blooms, while the ladies Mevrian and Armelline, more lovely than any queens of earth, waited at the head of the golden staircase above the inner court to greet Queen Sophonisba come to Galing.

So Longarm never told her he was taking the case personally because that other gal had killed a federal prisoner on him before he could bring the cuss in to be hanged.

Do you mean to tell me it is my bright, brainy, persevering friend Galer who has been handcuffed and locked in the coal-cellar?

The name I got was one Rodney Greybriar, located at Suite 5,1766 Galer, in the Capitol Hill district.

In fact, as I cruised Galer looking for a parking place, I might almost have believed I was somewhere very far from downtown Seattle.

I got was one Rodney Greybriar, located at Suite 5, 1766 Galer, in the Capitol Hill district.

The name I got was one Rodney Greybriar, located at Suite 5, 1766 Galer, in the Capitol Hill district.

But all he kept telling me was boring stories about how his wife, a popular gal named Sara Lee, had left him for some monocle-wearing goober from Virginia named Mr.

Nick De Profundis, the company lounge lizard, has surprised everybody by changing, inside the phone booth of factory spaces here, to an energetic businessman, selling A4 souvenirs: small items that can be worked into keychains, money clips or a scatter-pin for that special gal back home, burner cups of brass off the combustion chambers, ball bearings from the servos, and this week the hep item seems to be SA 100 acorn diodes, cute little mixing valves looted out of the Tele-funken units, and the even rarer SA 102s, which of course fetch a higher price.

South Carolina, and sold her to Marse Joe when she was jus' a little gal.

Bockman and Lumbard attended, but Lenzer is relying on a handout he got from a publicity gal at Mammoth.

Dere wus nigh bout no whippin er tall, least Old Marster neber did whip his slaves ter do no good, en he mos ginerally tole us mammies er pappies ter do de whippin er de chillun en de older boys en gals.