Gale (?), v. i. (Naut.) To
sale, or sail fast.
Gale, n. [OE. gal. See
Gale wind.] A song or story. [Obs.]
Gale (gāl), n. [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.] 1. A
strong current of air; a wind between a stiff breeze and a hurricane.
The most violent gales are called tempests.
☞ Gales have a velocity of from about eighteen
("moderate") to about eighty ("very heavy") miles an our. Sir. W.
2. A moderate current of air; a
A little gale will soon disperse that
And winds of gentlest gale Arabian odors
From their soft wings.
3. A state of excitement, passion, or
The ladies, laughing heartily, were fast getting into
what, in New England, is sometimes called a gale.
Topgallant gale (Naut.), one in which
a ship may carry her topgallant sails.
Gale, v. i. [AS. galan. See 1st
Gale.] To sing. [Obs.] "Can he cry and
gale." Court of Love.
Gale, n. [AS. gagel, akin to D.
gagel.] (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
Gale, n. [Cf. Gabel.] The
payment of a rent or annuity. [Eng.] Mozley & W.
Gale day, the day on which rent or interest