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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a critic hails sth/sb as sth (=describes someone or something as very good)
▪ Critics hailed the film as a brilliant portrayal of American society at that time.
a hail/volley of bullets (=a lot of bullets fired all together)
▪ Officers were met by a hail of bullets from the house.
be hailed (as) a hero (=people say you are a hero)
▪ He was hailed a hero after saving the young girl’s life.
hail a cabwritten (= wave to make a cab stop for you)
▪ Martin put his hand out and hailed a cab.
hail a taxi (=wave or call to a taxi to stop for you to get in)
▪ I rushed outside and hailed a taxi.
Hail Mary pass
Hail Mary
Hail the size of golf balls fell in Andrews, Texas.
▪ A distant cousin had once ended up in the hail.
▪ He advanced again, but was driven back by a hail of blows.
▪ Houses collapse, hail shatters windshields, lightning fries golfers.
▪ She conducted me from the hail.
▪ She ran him off in a hail of pellets.
▪ This was hailed as historic at the time - as a giant contribution towards a peaceful settlement of the Middle East.
▪ She raised her hand to hail a cab but the Paris traffic was zooming by at its usual break-neck pace.
▪ CabCharge customers can phone or hail cabs displaying a distinctive blue decal.
▪ McCready waited ten minutes, strolled to the cab rank on Tunistrasse and hailed a cab for Bonn.
▪ He hailed a cab and went to the Montrose.
▪ He walked quickly, getting three streets clear, then hailed a cab.
▪ So hail that cab and don't forget the driver won't know the way, he only lives here.
▪ You can hail a black cab on the companies.
▪ A couple of minutes later I hailed a cab and was on my way to Heathrow.
▪ Conservation groups hailed the decision as enlightened, and there was little criticism from the fishing industry.
▪ When Finubar returned to Ulthuan he was hailed as a great hero.
▪ Rodgers, hailed none the less as a hero in papers across the country, was renowned for being taciturn.
▪ Estelle Morris, the school standards minister, hailed the success of the inspections, introduced by the government in 1997.
▪ This was hailed as a success by the Energy Minister.
▪ The first auction was held on Jan. 26 and was hailed as a great success.
▪ Rachel left the office and ran out on to Des Voeux, hailing a taxi to take her home.
▪ He wanted it all to go smoothly right down to hailing a taxi.
▪ Not to be denied, at least a dozen fans hailed waiting taxis and set off in pursuit.
▪ Converse walked the several blocks to Pasteur Street and hailed a taxi, taking care not to signal with the Offending Gesture.
▪ At the third attempt I gave up and hailed a taxi.
▪ Mark hailed a taxi and they were away.
▪ He hailed a taxi, directed it to First Avenue and Sixty-third Street.
▪ Tony hailed a black taxi sailing past and they leapt into the back.
▪ The surprise payment was hailed as a triumph by the receivers of the Belfast car company which collapsed ten years ago.
▪ If it is confirmed by longer and larger clinical trials, this will rightly be hailed as a scientific triumph.
▪ The popular press hailed this triumph of law over anarchic visions of order.
▪ The birth is being hailed as a triumph for the zoo's breeding programme.
▪ He will not be around to hail victory.
▪ Were the unknown planet p' to be discovered, it would be hailed as a new victory of Newtonian science.
▪ Induction cooking has been hailed by many as the cooking revolution.
▪ Only these taxis should be hailed in the streets.
▪ Rachel left the office and ran out on to Des Voeux, hailing a taxi to take her home.
▪ She raised her hand to hail a cab but the Paris traffic was zooming by at its usual break-neck pace.
▪ Some would prefer to be hailing New Jersey Sen.
▪ The 2-hour meeting was hailed by some as the beginning of the end of the crisis.
▪ Two decades later, it was home to more than 100 boys and was hailed as a model facility for troubled youth.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hale \Hale\ (h[=a]l), a. [Written also hail.] [OE. heil, Icel. heill; akin to E. whole. See Whole.] Sound; entire; healthy; robust; not impaired; as, a hale body.

Last year we thought him strong and hale.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"greetings!" c.1200, from Old Norse heill "health, prosperity, good luck," or a similar Scandinavian source, and in part from Old English hals, shortening of wæs hæil "be healthy" (see health and also wassail).


"frozen rain," Old English hægl, hagol (Mercian hegel) "hail, hailstorm," also the name of the rune for H, from Proto-Germanic *haglaz (cognates: Old Frisian heil, Old Saxon, Old High German hagal, Old Norse hagl, German Hagel "hail"), probably from PIE *kaghlo- "pebble" (cognates: Greek kakhlex "round pebble").


"to call from a distance," 1560s, originally nautical, from hail (interj.). Related: Hailed; hailing. Hail fellow well met is 1580s, from a familiar greeting. Hail Mary (c.1300) is the angelic salutation (Latin ave Maria) in Luke i:58, used as a devotional recitation. As a desperation play in U.S. football, attested by 1940. To hail from is 1841, originally nautical. "Hail, Columbia," the popular patriotic song, was a euphemism for "hell" in American English slang from c.1850-1910.


Old English hagolian, from root of hail (n.). Related: Hailed; hailing. Figurative use from mid-15c.


Etymology 1 n. Balls or pieces of ice falling as precipitation, often in connection with a thunderstorm. vb. 1 (context impersonal English) Said of the weather when hail is falling. 2 (context transitive English) to send or release hail Etymology 2

  1. (context obsolete English) healthy, whole, safe. interj. An exclamation of respectful or reverent salutation, or, occasionally, of familiar greeting. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) to greet; give salutation to; salute. 2 (context transitive English) To name; to designate; to call. 3 (context transitive English) to call out loudly in order to gain the attention of

  1. n. precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents

  2. enthusiastic greeting

  1. v. praise vociferously; "The critics hailed the young pianist as a new Rubinstein" [syn: acclaim, herald]

  2. be a native of; "She hails from Kalamazoo" [syn: come]

  3. call for; "hail a cab"

  4. greet enthusiastically or joyfully [syn: herald]

  5. precipitate as small ice particles; "It hailed for an hour"


Hail is a form of solid precipitation. It is distinct from American sleet (called ice pellets outside of the United States), though the two are often confused. It consists of balls or irregular lumps of ice, each of which is called a hailstone. Sleet (ice pellets) falls generally in cold weather while hail growth is greatly inhibited during cold surface temperatures.

Unlike graupel, which is made of rime, and ice pellets, which are smaller and translucent, hailstones consist mostly of water ice and measure between and in diameter. The METAR reporting code for hail or greater is GR, while smaller hailstones and graupel are coded GS.

Hail is possible within most thunderstorms as it is produced by cumulonimbi, and within of the parent storm. Hail formation requires environments of strong, upward motion of air with the parent thunderstorm (similar to tornadoes) and lowered heights of the freezing level. In the mid-latitudes, hail forms near the interiors of continents, while in the tropics, it tends to be confined to high elevations.

There are methods available to detect hail-producing thunderstorms using weather satellites and weather radar imagery. Hailstones generally fall at higher speeds as they grow in size, though complicating factors such as melting, friction with air, wind, and interaction with rain and other hailstones can slow their descent through Earth's atmosphere. Severe weather warnings are issued for hail when the stones reach a damaging size, as it can cause serious damage to human-made structures and, most commonly, farmers' crops.

Hail (band)

Hail are an American indie/ punk band with an avant-garde twist consisting of Susanne Lewis (vocals, guitar, main composer and lyricist) and Bob Drake (bass). The band has also had guest appearances from Mike Johnson, Dave Kerman, Chris Cutler and Bill Gilonis. Albums include Gypsy Cat & Gypsy Bird (1988), Turn of the Screw (1990) and Kirk (1992). In 2006, Lewis and Drake released a new Hail album, Hello Debris, on Recommended Records.

Lewis also collaborated with Azalia Snail for the Hail/Snail album How to Live with a Tiger (1993), and she guested alongside Cutler on Biota's album Object Holder (1995).

Hail (horse)

Hail (foaled 27 September 1997) is a thoroughbred racehorse who won the New Zealand Derby in 2000.

In seven years of racing, Hail established for himself a reputation of reliability, strength and durability. Although he only won two Group 1 races, he finished in the first four in a further eight, including a fourth in the Wellington Cup under topweight.

He is one of the few Derby winners in recent times to have tasted success in Australia, with his win in the Group 2 Sandown Classic in late 2002.

Hail (album)

Hail is the first LP album released in 1988 by New Zealand band, Straitjacket Fits. There were three releases of the album, a New Zealand release in 1988, a United Kingdom and United States release also in 1988 and an extended album in 1989. The UK/US release featured tracks which had earlier been released in New Zealand on the Life in One Chord EP; the 1989 release contained all the songs from both the New Zealand album and the earlier EP.

Most of the songs on the album were credited to Shayne Carter/Straitjacket Fits, the exceptions being "Sparkle That Shines", "Take From The Years" and "Fabulous Things" (all Andrew Brough/Straitjacket Fits), and a cover of Leonard Cohen's song " So Long, Marianne". This was the only cover version recorded on any of Straitjacket Fits' albums.

The album was well received, though the band were disappointed that the sound of the finished release failed to capture either their live sound or the intensity of their debut EP. Rip It Up described it as having "tidal waves of sweetly distorted guitar noise that spill over and around the vocal harmonies."

The title track and "Sparkle That Shines" were both released as singles from the album.

Hail (disambiguation)

Hail is a form of frozen precipitation. It may also refer to:

  • Ha'il, a city in Saudi Arabia
  • Ha'il Region, in Saudi Arabia
  • Hail, Kentucky, a community in the United States
  • Hail Mary, a traditional Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox prayer calling for the intercession of Mary, the mother of Jesus
  • Highways Agency Information Line in England
  • Hydro Acoustic Information Link, manufactured by L-3 Communication
  • Honeywell Automation India Limited
  • Hail Satan, an expression
  • Hail (band), an indie/punk band
  • Hail!, a heavy metal supergroup

Usage examples of "hail".

Orange was hailed with approbation and delight by the Catholic leaders, those promoted by Adrets excited such a storm of indignation, among the Huguenots of all classes, that he shortly afterwards went over to the other side, and was found fighting against the party he had disgraced.

Tsar whom, just a few years before, they had been hailing in adulatory terms for his intention to bring an end to serfdom.

The hillside, which had appeared to be one slope, was really a succession of undulations, so that the advancing infantry alternately dipped into shelter and emerged into a hail of bullets.

Instinctively we fall flat on our stomachs and wait for the hail of stones which tear a few holes in our aerofoil, but we are unscathed.

The chaplain hailed him, and the turncoat to whom he had not yet been introduced arose expectantly, but the Nomad went straight to their hobbled horses.

All the rest waits for the appearing of the king to hail him for himself, not a being of accident and happening but authentically king, authentically Principle, The Good authentically, not a being that acts in conformity with goodness--and so, recognisably, a secondary--but the total unity that he is, no moulding upon goodness but the very Good itself.

Two storms, Baas, not one, and when they meet they will begin to fight and there will be plenty of spears flying about in the sky, and then both those clouds will weep rain or perhaps hail.

Gore was a newcomer in the League ranks, he hailing from New Bedford, but he soon made for himself a name, being a first-class fielder and a batsman that was away above the average, as is shown by his record made in after years.

At first they tried to hail it, thinking it was Bobber, but then realized it was just the dinghy they had set adrift.

Father Duptulski gave me ten Hail Marys, something that struck me as a reasonable punishment for an accomplice, a mere bridesmaid in crime.

The hail and buffeting became even worse for several moments, then they broke into misty clear air at twelve hundred feet and it subsided, wisps of thin cloud and flakes of snow bursting past them, the frozen Baltic below.

He hailed the native man cheerily, then paused, with the calabash in his hand, to give him a keen glance.

They lowered sail and came towards me, and on their hailing me I asked for a man to take us to the opposite point of the island.

The Hail Wolf got a chiefdom for his trouble, and Iss drew BlackHail into the war.

The barbiturates, hailed not so long ago as panaceas, have given place to Chlorpromazine, Reserpine, Frenquel and Miltown.