Hail is when chunks of ice fall from the sky. Also, to hail someone is to greet them or say good things about them. Or it can be a way to tell people of your homeland, as in: "I hail from the Moon."

If twenty third-graders all sent spit-balls up in the air at once, the spit-balls would then hail down on the class. If a presidential candidate has an idea for fixing the nation's woes, many people will hail that idea. If you see your former prom date walking down the street, you may want to hail them to say hello — or perhaps you'll want to hail a cab and get out of there as fast as you can.

Definitions of hail
  1. noun
    precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents
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    type of:
    downfall, precipitation
    the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)
  2. noun
    many objects thrown forcefully through the air
    “a hail of pebbles”
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    type of:
    object, physical object
    a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
  3. verb
    precipitate as small ice particles
    “It hailed for an hour”
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    type of:
    come down, fall, precipitate
    fall from clouds
  4. verb
    greet enthusiastically or joyfully
    synonyms: herald
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    type of:
    greet, recognise, recognize
    express greetings upon meeting someone
  5. verb
    praise vociferously
    “The critics hailed the young pianist as a new Rubinstein”
    synonyms: acclaim, herald
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    type of:
    express approval of
  6. noun
    enthusiastic greeting
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    type of:
    greeting, salutation
    (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
  7. verb
    be a native of
    “She hails from Kalamazoo”
    synonyms: come
    come, derive, descend
    come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example
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    type of:
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  8. verb
    call for
    hail a cab”
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    type of:
    call, send for
    order, request, or command to come
Commonly confused words

hale / hail

Hale describes someone hearty and healthy. Rarr. All hail the next word! To hail is to greet enthusiastically. And when it hails, ice falls from the sky and hits those hale people on the head.

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