tempests

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Gale \Gale\ (g[=a]l), noun [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. gj[=o]la gust of wind, gola breeze. Cf. {Yell}.]

1. A strong current of air; a wind between a stiff breeze and a hurricane. The most violent gales are called {tempests}.

Note: Gales have a velocity of from about eighteen ("moderate") to about eighty ("very heavy") miles an our. --Sir. W. S. Harris.

2. A moderate current of air; a breeze.

A little gale will soon disperse that cloud. --Shak.

And winds of gentlest gale Arabian odors fanned From their soft wings. --Milton.

3. A state of excitement, passion, or hilarity.

The ladies, laughing heartily, were fast getting into what, in New England, is sometimes called a gale. --Brooke (Eastford).

{Topgallant gale} (Naut.), one in which a ship may carry her topgallant sails.

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