• WordNet 3.6
    • n gale a strong wind moving 45-90 knots; force 7 to 10 on Beaufort scale
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gale A moderate current of air; a breeze. "A little gale will soon disperse that cloud.""And winds of gentlest gale Arabian odors fanned
      From their soft wings."
    • n Gale (Bot) A plant of the genus Myrica, growing in wet places, and strongly resembling the bayberry. The sweet gale (Myrica Gale) is found both in Europe and in America.
    • n Gale A song or story.
    • Gale A state of excitement, passion, or hilarity. "The ladies, laughing heartily, were fast getting into what, in New England, is sometimes called a gale ."
    • Gale A strong current of air; a wind between a stiff breeze and a hurricane. The most violent gales are called tempests.
    • n Gale The payment of a rent or annuity.
    • v. i Gale (Naut) To sale, or sail fast.
    • v. i Gale To sing. "Can he cry and gale ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gale To sing.
    • gale To cry; groan; croak.
    • gale Of a person, to “croak”; talk.
    • gale To sing; utter with musical modulations.
    • n gale A song.
    • n gale Speech; discourse.
    • n gale A strong natural current of air; a wind; a breeze; more specifically, in nautical use, a wind between a stiff breeze and a storm or tempest: generally with some qualifying epithet: as, a gentle, moderate, brisk, fresh, stiff, strong, or hard gale.
    • n gale Figuratively, a state of noisy excitement, as of hilarity or of passion.
    • n gale By extension, an odor-laden current of air.
    • n gale The Myrica Gale, a shrub growing in marshy places in northern Europe and Asia and in North America: more usually called sweet-gale, from its pleasant aromatic odor.
    • n gale A periodical payment of rent, interest, duty, or custom; an instalment of money.
    • n gale The right of a free miner to have possession of a plot of land within the Forest of Dean and hundred of St. Briavels, in England, and to work the coal and iron thereunder.
    • gale To ache or tingle with cold, as the fingers.
    • gale To crack with heat or dryness, as wood.
    • gale A copper coin.
    • n gale Gales are classified as moderate, fresh, strong, and whole gales. See Beaufort scale.
    • gale To sail away before the wind, or to outstrip another vessel in sailing: generally with away.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gale gāl a strong wind between a stiff breeze and a hurricane:
    • n Gale gāl a shrub growing in marshy spots, usually called Sweet-gale.
    • n Gale gāl a periodic payment of rent.
    • n Gale gāl (coll.) a state of noisy excitement.
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  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
    “One ship drives east and other drives west by the same winds that blow. It's the set of the sails and not the gales that determines the way they go.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Passions are the gales of life.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “On life's vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. gal, furious, Icel. galinn, cf. Icel. gala, to sing, AS. galan, to sing, Icel. galdr, song, witchcraft, AS. galdor, charm, sorcery, E. nightingale,; also, Icel. gjōla, gust of wind, gola, breeze. Cf. Yell
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. elliptical for gale (or gall) wind. Mr Bradley disfavours the Scand. ety., which connects with Dan. gal, mad, Norw. galen, raging.


In literature:

A tremendous gale overtook the company on one occasion, which lasted ten days, and prevented them from reaching the rock.
"Grace Darling" by Eva Hope
Scarcely were we clear of the river than a heavy gale sprang up and severely tried the old collier.
"Tales of the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
The gale had moderated, and the ship was again put on her course.
"Archibald Hughson" by W.H.G. Kingston
Then she rushed out to sea before the gale.
"Gascoyne, the Sandal-Wood Trader" by R.M. Ballantyne
The wind increased, the house shook more and more; there was a fearful gale blowing.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
In all probability we were in for a long offshore gale.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
The wind was blowing half a gale, and the starboard watch had taken in the light sails.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
All night it blew a gale; the wind still from the same quarter.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
The cold gales of November had now begun to plough the surface of this inland sea.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
I should be most sorry not to meet with a gale of wind during the voyage.
"Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs" by William H. G. Kingston

In poetry:

But when he came the second time,
He came in power and love,
Softer than gale at morning prime
Hovered His holy Dove.
"Whitsunday" by John Keble
The gale that wrecked you on the sand,
It helped my rowers to row;
The storm is my best galley hand,
And drives me where I go.
"Quatrains" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Gracious gales of heav’nly blessing
In Thy love to us afford;
Let us feel Thy Spirit’s presence,
Oh, revive us by Thy Word!
"Oh, Revive Us" by Daniel Webster Moody
And it laughs o'er many a vale,
Sheltered safe from storm and gale;
Sky and sun and stars thereof
Love the gentle plant I love.
"Shamrock Song" by Katharine Tynan
The skies were wild; a rending gale
Ran roaring through the trees;
It sounded now like shouting hosts,
And now like angry seas.
"Arnold Rode Behind" by Roderic Quinn
Set me amid those poison mists
Which no fair gale dispelleth,
Or in the plains where silence reigns
And no thing human dwelleth;
"Horace I, 22." by Eugene Field

In news:

Gale Anne Hurd sets cable drama projects.
Gale Anne Hurd is keeping busy with her pod deal at Universal Cable Prods.
Maynard, Cooper & Gale receives superior rankings in the US News and Best Lawyers 2012 Best Law Firms rankings report.
Storm spawns gale -force political panic.
Retailers Would Rather You Shop, And Are Offering Gale Force Deals.
Gale Purdum, 82, of Newton died on Monday, Oct 22, 2012, at Park Centre in Newton.
Darla Kay Gale , 64, of Scio, passed away at her home on Sunday, October 21, 2012 after many years of declining health.
Stark differences in Gale and Catlin's approach to environmental issues.
WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio will host and broadcast two candidate forums with Ted Davis (R) and Emilie Swearingen (D) for NC House District 19 and Rick Catlin (R) and Tom Gale (D) for NC House District 20.
Vikings' Percy Harvin reminds coach of former greats Gale Sayers, Terry Metcalf.
Garrett Weber- Gale of Fox Point won two gold medals in the 2008 Olympics.
Garrett Weber- Gale was diagnosed with high blood pressure at age 19.
Cale Gale in the pink for Talladega Superspeedway trucks race (poll).
Cale Gale will drive the No 33 Rheem Chevrolet in the NCWTS Coca-Cola 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012.

In science:

Instead of restricting the strategy space of the active worker using “memory” as in Gale-Shapley’s algorithm, we restrict it using the graph G(W, E ) in the following way: w(q) compares its current firm in µ(q) to the best firm that employs one of its neighbors in G it could be employed by given µ(q) .
Social Networks and Stable Matchings in the Job Market
The relation to chiral symmetry restoration is there, but not straightforward [66,67]; insight into the behaviour of the chiral partner a1 would be highly desirable, as stressed in Gale’s review .
Experimental Conference Summary
Gale (eds.), Working Notes of the AAAI Fall Symposium on Probabilistic Approaches to Natural Language.
Mining the Web for Synonyms: PMI-IR versus LSA on TOEFL
Roth and Postelwaite (1977) used Gale’s Top Trading Cycle Algorithm to show that if preferences are strict, then there exists a unique competitive equilibrium allocation, which is also the unique core allocation, for a Shapley-Scarf housing market.
Stable Outcomes For Contract Choice Problems
Such markets are usually studied with the help of “two sided matching models” introduced by Gale and Shapley (1962) called the marriage problem.
Stable Outcomes For Contract Choice Problems