A squall is a powerful, usually brief, burst of wind that usually brings rain or snow with it. When a snow squall blows across the mountain, skiers take a break in the ski lodge.

A squall is a violent, windy storm, often involving driving rain or snow. You can also describe a storm-like commotion as a squall, or the sound a wailing child or baby makes. In this case, you're using onomatopoeia, or a word that sounds like what it describes. Squall was originally a nautical word, used primarily by sailors to talk about weather at sea.

Definitions of squall
  1. noun
    a loud and harsh cry
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    call, cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell
    a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
  2. verb
    utter a sudden loud cry
    synonyms: call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, yell
    utter in a loud voice or announce
    call out, cry, cry out, exclaim, outcry, shout
    utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
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    cry hollo
    shout `hurrah!'
    shout `halloo', as when greeting someone or attracting attention
    shout, as if with joy or enthusiasm
    pipe, pipe up, shriek, shrill
    utter a shrill cry
    howl, roar, ululate, wail, yaup, yawl
    emit long loud cries
    screak, screech, skreak, skreigh, squawk
    utter a harsh abrupt scream
    caterwaul, yowl
    utter shrieks, as of cats
    waul, wawl
    make high-pitched, whiney noises
    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  3. verb
    make high-pitched, whiney noises
    synonyms: waul, wawl
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    howl, roar, ululate, wail, yaup, yawl
    emit long loud cries
  4. noun
    sudden violent winds; often accompanied by precipitation
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    line squall
    a squall advancing along a front that forms a definite line
    type of:
    air current, current, current of air, wind
    air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
  5. verb
    blow in a squall
    “When it squalls, a prudent sailor reefs his sails”
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    be blowing or storming
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