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Neal \Neal\, v. i. To be tempered by heat. [R.]


Neal \Neal\ (n[=e]l), v. t. To anneal. [R.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1530s, shortened form of anneal. Related: Nealed; nealing.


vb. To be tempered by heat.


Neal (Neil) is a surname and a masculine given name of Gaelic origin. The name is an Anglicisation of the Gaelic Niall which is of disputed derivation. The Gaelic name may be derived from words meaning "cloud", "passionate", or "champion". As a surname, Neil is traced back to Niall of the Nine Hostages who was an Irish king and eponymous ancestor of the Uí Néill and MacNeil kindred. Most authorities cite the meaning of Neal in the context of a surname as meaning champion.

  • Adam Neal, English rugby league player
  • Alice B. Neal, American writer
  • Blaine Neal (born 1978), American relief pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Bob Neal (Atlanta sportscaster), American sports broadcaster
  • Charles Lincoln 'Link' Neal (see Rhett and Link) American internet personality
  • Charlie Neal, American baseball player
  • Chris Neal, English football goalkeeper
  • Daniel Neal, British historian
  • David Dalhoff Neal, American artist, father of Max Neal
  • Diane Neal, American actress
  • Dylan Neal, Canadian actor
  • Edwin Neal, American actor
  • Elise Neal, American actress
  • Eric Neal, Australian businessman
  • Gary Neal, American basketball player
  • Jackie Neal, American blues singer
  • James Neal (disambiguation)
  • Jeff Neal, American drummer
  • John Neal, American author
  • John Neal (cricketer), English cricketer
  • John R. Neal, American politician
  • John Randolph Neal, Jr., American law professor
  • Kenny Neal, American blues musician
  • Larry Neal, American author
  • Lorenzo Neal, American football player
  • Matt Neal, British racing driver
  • Max Neal (1865–1941), German playwright, son of David Dalhoff Neal
  • Patricia Neal (1926-2010), Academy Award winning American actress
  • Patricia Neal (known as Fannie Flagg) (born 1944), American novelist and actress
  • Phil Neal, English footballer
  • Philip Neal, New York City Ballet principal dancer
  • Raful Neal, American blues singer
  • Richard Neal, Democratic Representative representing Massachusetts' 2nd congressional district
  • Scott Neal, British actor
  • Shay Neal (born 1990), New Zealand field hockey player
  • Stephen Neal, American football player
  • Stephen L. Neal (born 1934), former North Carolina Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives (1975–1995).
  • Tom Neal (1914–1972), American actor
  • Tracy Neal, American Photographer
  • Ty Neal, American college baseball coach
  • William Neal (born 1947), English painter and graphic designer
Given name
  • Neal Ardley, Manager of AFC Wimbledon
  • Neal Morse, American singer and multi-instrumentalist
  • Neal Brennan, American writer, stand-up comedian, actor, director and producer
  • Neal Cassady, American, Beatnick, basis for Jack Kerouac novels and the character Dean Moriarty, friend of the Grateful Dead and legend
  • Neal Marlens, Television producer, creator of The Wonder Years
  • Neal Stephenson, American writer
  • Neal Walk, American, National Basketball Association center
  • Neal, Kansas, a community in the United States
  • Neal, West Virginia

Usage examples of "neal".

Clarke, Bruce Sterling, Greg Bear, Alexander Besher, Mariko Ohara, Vernor Vinge, Nicholas Negroponte, Neal Stephenson, and William Gibson.

In 1990 a leaflet from Dangerous Visions, a bookstore in Van Nuys, alerted me that Terry Pratchett and Neal Caiman would be in to autograph Good Omens.

In a drive to combat that diminution of her soul she had tried to recover much of the innocence of her childhood and had worked hard to study and gather together the stories of Neal Custos Sylvanii.

Neal Custos Sylvanii knows some of our language, but he is not fluent.

He was a footnote to the adventures of her grandfather and Neal Custos Sylvanii.

Neal Roclawzi, Leader of the Steel Pack, Killer of Tashayul, Bearer of Divisator and named Custos Sylvanii by Aarundel Imperator.

Neal Roclawzi Elfward, that the title Custos Sylvanii is one that we bestow upon other races and peoples in whom we trust and whom we admire.

God were you thinking, turning those killers lose on me like that, Mamey Neal!

Neal fishes a Bakelite ocarina out of his shirt pocket and tootles a thin, horrible note.

Rigby and Peller for the establishment, with Agent Provocateur of Soho and Boisvert of Neal Street for the more adventurous adventuress.

Neal had taken the other paddle and with Scoggin was thrashing the raft toward her against the slight current.

Sharina, Scoggin, and Neal holding the comatose wizard were the only ones who remained in the wind.

When Neal brought Tobe to her room, Kel was just donning the oiled canvas cloak and the broadbrimmed hat she used to keep off the rain.

Satisfied that Tobe needed no help, she followed Neal into the wayhouse, Jump and the sparrows trailing behind.

The rest, including Kel, Neal and Tobe, turned north with fully half of the army that had left Corus.