squall

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v squall utter a sudden loud cry "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle","I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"
    • v squall make high-pitched, whiney noises
    • v squall blow in a squall "When it squalls, a prudent sailor reefs his sails"
    • n squall sudden violent winds; often accompanied by precipitation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Squall A loud scream; a harsh cry. "There oft are heard the notes of infant woe,
      The short, thick sob, loud scream, and shriller squall ."
    • n Squall A sudden and violent gust of wind often attended with rain or snow. "The gray skirts of a lifting squall ."
    • v. i Squall To cry out; to scream or cry violently, as a woman frightened, or a child in anger or distress; as, the infant squalled .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n squall A sudden and violent gust of wind, or a succession of such gusts, usually accompanied by rain, snow, or sleet. In a ship's log-book abbreviated q.
    • n squall Synonyms Gale, etc. See wind.
    • squall To blow a squall: used chieflyimpersonally: as, itsqualled terribly.
    • squall To cry out; scream or cry violently, as a frightened woman or a child in anger or distress: used in contempt or dislike.
    • squall To utter in a discordant, screaming tone.
    • n squall A harsh cry; a loud and discordant scream; a sound intermediate in character between a squawk and a squeal.
    • n squall A baby; pet; minx; girl: used vaguely, in endearment or reproach.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Squall skwawl to cry out violently
    • n Squall a loud cry or scream: a violent gust of wind
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Quotations

  • Heartland Advisor
    Heartland Advisor
    “It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Sw. sqval, an impetuous running of water, sqval,regn a violent shower of rain, sqvala, to stream, to gush

Usage

In literature:

Lilly gal 'e holler, 'e squall; 'e squall, 'e holler.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
During the darkness a squall struck her.
"Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs" by William H. G. Kingston
The wind snatched a thin spindrift from the crest and flung it past like a squall of rain.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
About 5 we had what is called a squall of wind.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood
Fish was called by the watch on Ramsgate pier, and he saw a flare on the Goodwins through the rifts in the snow squall.
"Heroes of the Goodwin Sands" by Thomas Stanley Treanor
Squalls need smart handling.
"All Afloat" by William Wood
In another five minutes the white wall of the hissing rain squall was upon them, and everything was hidden from view.
"Tessa" by Louis Becke
It happened, on a bleak winter's day, that Grumpy Weasel was strolling along the bank of Broad Brook when all at once he heard a squall.
"The Tale of Grumpy Weasel" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Then a rain squall hid him from view, but we knew that he was safe.
"The Call Of The South" by Louis Becke
Steady the helm, Jack, and watch for squalls.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
The squall was indeed upon them.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
As Yeo luffed the squall fell on us bodily with a great weight of wind and white rain, pressing us into the sea.
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
We'll have a squall I was thinking, so in I came.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
At midnight we had some violent squalls from the north with a ruffled sea, but not amounting to a storm.
"A New Voyage Round the World, in the years 1823, 24, 25, and 26, Vol. 2" by Otto von Kotzebue
Just as Cora had predicted, the new squall was worse than the first.
"The Motor Girls on Crystal Bay" by Margaret Penrose
A term on our northern coasts for a squall with rain.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The squall past, he hauled it in again, put his legs across the stern and hung on.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Lilly gal 'e holler, 'e squall; 'e squall, 'e holler.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
That was after a squall hit us off Cape Cod.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
That must be one of those Chesapeake Bay squalls the book warns about.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
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In poetry:

Seas so quiet, skies so blue,
Little squalls of rain;
The winds that blew about the world
Filled our hearts again.
"Trade Winds" by Lincoln Colcord
Why should I stay? Both parties rage;
My vixen mistress squalls;
The wits in envious feuds engage:
And Homer (damn him!) calls.
"Farewell to London" by Alexander Pope
"What have we here, and whereabouts?
"Why what a hideous squall!
"Some drunken fool! I thought as much--
"'Tis only Andrew Hall!
"The Drunken Father" by Robert Bloomfield
The rain fell softly now; the squall,
That to a torrent drove the trees,
Had whirled beyond us to let fall
Its tumult on the whitening seas.
"The Lesson" by James Russell Lowell
The sea, is right enough, I say,
When squalls blow o'er and things are still,
Wind, wind enough the sails to fill,
And we glide o'er a summer sea.
"Flying - Fish Sailor" by Angus Cameron Robertson
"Stick to each other through thick and thin;
All the closer as age leaks in;
Squalls will blow and clouds will frown,
But stay by your ship till you all go down!"
"The Old Cruiser" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Patsy Cline's plane went down outside Camden, Tennessee, on March 5, 1963 -- roughly one month before singer Paula Frazer let out her first newborn squall.
Several weeks ago, a spate of messages concerning the efficacy of bonuses for fund raisers squalled across a prominent e-mail list for senior advancement professionals.
Squall triggers 'real mess' for Vt.
Nyad 'feeling strong' in swim attempt despite squall , stings.
Let's call this the CBD Squall from today.
INTERVIEWS Grinderman Kick Off Tour with 'Ungodly Squall '.
Aikenite's quest: Follow Summer Squall 's steps.
The Navy warship USS Squall arrived in Wilmington Thursday.
Summer Bird , the 2009 champion 3-year-old male, will begin his stallion career for $15,000 in 2011 at Ben P Walden Jr.'s Pauls Mill near Versailles, Ky. Birdstone —Hong Kong Squall, by Summer Squall) won the Belmont Stakes (gr.
INTERVIEWS Grinderman Kick Off Tour with ' Ungodly Squall'.
Authorities say Ryman was on a sailboat with three others when a squall caused the boat to tip over Monday.
Squall triggers 'real mess' for Vt.
David Lazarovich was traveling at 100 mph in Bethel on wet roads during light snow squalls according to State Trooper Richard Slusser.
With Sonic Youth's fate still up in the air, Thurston Moore's new band Chelsea Light Moving has returned with another song that carries on in the New York band's downtown art-squall legacy.
Years of 3 am feedings and squalling tantrums weren't even necessary to draw the conclusion.
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