hail

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 as the next great panacea. If you see your former prom date walking down the street, you may want to hail him to say hello or, perhaps, you will want to hail a cab and get out of there as fast as you can.

Primary Meanings of hail

1.
nv
precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents
precipitate as small ice particles
2.
vn
greet enthusiastically or joyfully
enthusiastic greeting
3.
v
be a native of
4.
v
call for
Full Definitions of hail
1

n precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents

Type of:
downfall, precipitation
the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)

n many objects thrown forcefully through the air

“a hail of pebbles”
“a hail of bullets”
Type of:
object, physical object
a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

v precipitate as small ice particles

“It hailed for an hour”
Type of:
come down, fall, precipitate
fall from clouds
2

v greet enthusiastically or joyfully

Synonyms:
herald
Type of:
greet, recognise, recognize
express greetings upon meeting someone

v praise vociferously

“The critics hailed the young pianist as a new Rubinstein”
Synonyms:
acclaim, herald
Type of:
applaud
express approval of

n enthusiastic greeting

Type of:
greeting, salutation
(usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
3

v be a native of

“She hails from Kalamazoo”
Synonyms:
come
come, derive, descend
come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
4

v call for

hail a cab”
Type of:
call, send for
order, request, or command to come

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