• 27. Nest of Osmia in a gall
    27. Nest of Osmia in a gall
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj galling causing irritation or annoyance "tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork","aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport","found it galling to have to ask permission","an irritating delay","nettlesome paperwork","a pesky mosquito","swarms of pestering gnats","a plaguey newfangled safety catch","a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him","a vexatious child","it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong"
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Larva of Gall-midge Larva of Gall-midge

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A women from Berlin Germany has had 3,110 gallstones taken out of her gall bladder
    • a Galling Fitted to gall or chafe; vexing; harassing; irritating.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • galling Such as to gall, irritate, or distress; extremely annoying; harrowing; provoking.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Galling irritating
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  • J. M. Synge
    J. M. Synge
    “Lord, confound this surly sister, blight her brow with blotch and blister, cramp her larynx, lung and liver, in her guts a galling give her.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Our income are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and trip.”
  • William Penn
    “No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. galle—L. galla, oak-apple.


In literature:

It's enough for me that the heather's above the gall.
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
The mystery that surrounded its anatomy was dispelled by Dr. Gall, and modern scientists have been building upon the foundation laid by him.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, February 1887" by Various
Utter your grateful thanks, to-night, when you seek your pillow, that the chains you wear are not galling ones.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
Well, though my grief by you was gall'd the more, Yet I bring balm and oil to heal your sore.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
He felt it to be the knell of popery, and in writing to Peder Galle he inveighed against it.
"The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa" by Paul Barron Watson
Lincoln spoke of him as "without gall," but Stanton declared him a good hater who lay in wait to punish his foes.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Look pleasant, please, whatever trouble galls you; a gloomy face won't cure a single pain.
"Rippling Rhymes" by Walt Mason
Gallivorous: feeding upon galls or gall tissue.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
What galled Mary yet more was the ill will of the Pope.
"History of the English People" by John Richard Green
The astringents mostly used are tannic acid, gall nuts, sumach and myrobalams.
"Vegetable Dyes" by Ethel M. Mairet

In poetry:

And ah! unfelt the chastening rod of pain;
Unfelt the thorns in love's seducing snare,
Unfelt the galling of a hopeless chain,
Unknown the killing anguish of despair.
"Indifference" by Charlotte Dacre
Let no man pray that he know not sorrow,
Let no soul ask to be free from pain,
For the gall of to-day is the sweet of to-morrow,
And the moment's loss is the lifetime's gain.
"Life's Harmonies" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
'Twas He, that fram'd thee on so wise a plan,
'Twas He, who freed thee from sin's galling chain,
'Twas He, restor'd to life thy inward man,
And by His Holy Spirit form'd again.
"How A Person Ought To Rouse Up Both Body And Soul, In The Dead Of Night, To Praise His God " by Rees Prichard
He open'd the gates, and along led the maid;
Dark sulkiness reign'd on his brow,
From his savage black eyes murd'rous guilt was betray'd,
And gall from each pore seem'd to flow.
"Edmund And Anna" by Charlotte Dacre
It is in truth a pretty toy
For babes to play withal:
But O, the honies of our youth
Are oft our age's gall:
Self-proof in time will make thee know
He was a prophet told thee so:
"Advice to a Lover" by Anonymous British
Speed, Lord, the glorious day,
When o'er our native land
Fond Liberty shall sway
Her sceptre of command;
And every yoke and galling chain,
Shall vanish 'neath her peaceful reign.
"The First Of August" by James Madison Bell

In news:

Davison's Sean Rosalez edges Olympian Geena Gall in first-ever Crim Michigan Mile.
Russell Road shows form in Gall Memorial.
Claressa Shields and Geena Gall 's Olympic performances provided special day for Genesee County.
"Patience was obviously a virtue, she didn't get too excited and she stuck to her game plan and did what she wanted and needed to do and that's execute," said Mark Rowland, Gall 's pro coach.
Grand Blanc's Geena Gall makes late charge to qualify for 2012 London Olympics.
Gall 's dinosaur/machine mash-ups are, once again, the star of the show, commanding attention (and generating laughs) in every action-filled, rust-toned scene.
Joseph "Joe" Gall , age 74, of Valparaiso, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at the Hines VA Hospital in Hines, Ill. Joe was born on February 12, 1937 in East Chicago, Ind.
Gullible liberals are the most galling kind.
The House Speaker's galling , hypocritical religious opportunism.
Cowboys are back, and it's galling .
I think we're a victim of his not writing a screenplay, indulging in a quite boring obsession with his leading lady, and essentially masturbating on screen, with the gall to invite us back for a second installment.
Police tell media outlets report that 76-year-old Joseph Gall of Lincoln Park, Mich. Died Tuesday at a local hospital.
The House Speaker's galling, hypocritical religious opportunism .
It's also interesting Radcliff would have the gall to use the word " rational " given his absurd claims in the name of rationality .
A radio colleague in Nashville, Braden Gall of Athlon, primarily covers college football, but says his top 10 would all be NFL jobs .

In science:

Bertoin and Le Gall’s original approach relied on a precursor to their flow of bridges discussed in Theorem 3.14.
Recent progress in coalescent theory
Further details can be found in Aldous , but see also Marckert and Mokkadem [117] and Le Gall and Le Jan [114].
Recent progress in coalescent theory
This generalisation is along the lines of the work of Le Gall and Le Jan [114].
Recent progress in coalescent theory
Le Gall and Le Jan [114] proposed to study the rescaling of the height process of discrete Galton-Watson trees whose population size process converges towards a given continuous-state branching processes.
Recent progress in coalescent theory
More recent surveys by Le Gall and by Evans show different directions of development of the preceding material over the last 15 years.
More Uses of Exchangeability: Representations of Complex Random Structures