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.)
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.