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hail



Pronunciation: (hāl), [key]
v.t.
1. to cheer, salute, or greet; welcome.
2. to acclaim; approve enthusiastically: The crowds hailed the conquerors. They hailed the recent advances in medicine.
3. to call out to in order to stop, attract attention, ask aid, etc.: to hail a cab.

v.i.
1. to call out in order to greet, attract attention, etc.: The people on land hailed as we passed in the night.
2. hail from, to have as one's place of birth or residence: Nearly everyone here hails from the Midwest.

n.
1. a shout or call to attract attention: They answered the hail of the marooned boaters.
2. a salutation or greeting: a cheerful hail.
3. the act of hailing.
4. within hail, within range of hearing; audible: The mother kept her children within hail of her voice.

interj.
(used as a salutation, greeting, or acclamation.)

hail



Pronunciation: (hāl), [key]
n.
1. showery precipitation in the form of irregular pellets or balls of ice more than 1/5 in. (5 mm) in diameter, falling from a cumulonimbus cloud (distinguished from sleet).
2. a shower or storm of such precipitation.
3. a shower of anything: a hail of bullets.

v.i.
1. to pour down hail (often used impersonally with it as subject): It hailed this afternoon.
2. to fall or shower as hail: Arrows hailed down on the troops as they advanced.

v.t.
to pour down on as or like hail: The plane hailed leaflets on the city.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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