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gale 1  (gl)
a. A wind with a speed of from 34 to 40 knots (39 to 46 miles per hour; 63 to 74 kilometers per hour), according to the Beaufort scale. Also called fresh gale.
b. A storm at sea.
2. A forceful outburst: gales of laughter.
3. Archaic A breeze.

[Origin unknown.]

gale 2  (gl)
The sweet gale.

[Middle English gail, from Old English gagel.]

gale  /gel/  n.adj. 1 a strong wind (of approx. 60 miles per hour): The gale knocked over trees in our area. 2 gale-force winds: The gale-force winds knocked down the old tree in the garden. gale

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