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hail

noun [U]  /heɪl/ us  

hail noun [U] (ICE)

small, hard balls of ice that fall from the sky like rain A hail of things is a lot of them directed toward someone: After his speech he faced a hail of questions from reporters.

hail

verb  /heɪl/ us  

hail verb (CALL)

[T] to call and attract the attention of someone: You wait here with our bags while I hail a taxi.

hail verb (PRAISE)

[T] to publicly praise or show approval for a person or an achievement: Heppner has been hailed as one of the finest tenors in the operatic world today.

hail verb (FALL AS ICE)

[I] If it hails, small, hard balls of ice fall from the sky: It hailed for a few minutes this morning.
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Translations of “hail”
in Korean 싸락눈, 우박…
in Arabic بَرَد…
in French grêle, pluie…
in Turkish (hava durumu) dolu halinde yağmak…
in Italian grandine…
in Chinese (Traditional) 雹,冰雹…
in Russian град…
in Polish grad…
in Spanish granizo, lluvia…
in Portuguese granizo, chuva de pedra…
in German der Hagel…
in Catalan calamarsa, pedra…
in Japanese ひょう, あられ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 雹,冰雹…
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