gale

If there’s a gale coming your way, you better hold onto your new hat and your little dog, Toto, too, because this is an extremely strong wind.

The word gale possibly originates from the Old Norse word galinn, which means “mad”, “frantic” or “bewitched.” Weather forecasters sometimes use the term “gale-force winds” to describe conditions that aren’t quite as extreme as hurricanes or tropical storms, but probably fierce enough to snap your kite in half. It can also refer to other kinds of strong outbursts. For example, if someone erupts into gales of laughter, it means her friend probably said something very funny.

Definitions of gale
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n a strong wind moving 45-90 knots; force 7 to 10 on Beaufort scale

Types:
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moderate gale, near gale
wind moving 32-38 knots; 7 on the Beaufort scale
fresh gale
wind moving 39-46 knots; 8 on the Beaufort scale
strong gale
wind moving 47-54 knots; 9 on the Beaufort scale
whole gale
wind moving 55-63 knots; 10 on the Beaufort scale
Type of:
air current, current of air, wind
air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure

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