• An outburst, especially of laughter.

    "a gale of laughter"

  • (meteorology) A very strong wind, more than a breeze, less than a storm; number 7 through 9 winds on the 12-step Beaufort scale.
  • (obsolete) A song or story.
  • (archaic) A periodic payment, such as is made of a rent or annuity.

    "Gale day - the day on which rent or interest is due."

  • (archaic) A light breeze.
  • A shrub, also sweet gale or bog myrtle (Myrica gale) growing on moors and fens.


  • (nautical) To sail, or sail fast.
  • (intransitive, of a person, now chiefly dialectal) To talk.
  • (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To cry; groan; croak.
  • (transitive, now chiefly dialectal) To sing; utter with musical modulations.
  • (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To sing; charm; enchant.
  • (intransitive, of a bird, Scotland) To call.

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