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"hail" in British English

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hailnoun

uk   us   /heɪl/
C2 [U] small, hard ​balls of ​ice that ​fall from the ​sky like ​raina hail of sth a lot of ​similar things or ​remarks, ​thrown or ​shouted at someone at the same ​time: a hail of ​bullets The ​primeminister was ​greeted with a hail of ​insults as she ​arrived at the ​university.

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hailverb

uk   us   /heɪl/
  • hail verb (CALL)

C2 [T] formal to ​call someone in ​order to ​attracttheirattention: Shall we hail a ​taxi? I ​tried to hail her from ​across the ​room.
  • hail verb (ICE)

C2 [I] If it hails, ​small, hard ​balls of ​icefall from the ​sky like ​rain.
(Definition of hail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hailnoun [U]

 us   /heɪl/
  • 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.

hailverb

 us   /heɪl/
  • hail verb (CALL)

[T] to ​call and ​attract the ​attention of someone: You ​wait here with ​ourbags while I hail a ​taxi.
  • hail verb (PRAISE)

[T] to ​publiclypraise or show ​approval for a ​person or an ​achievement: Heppner has been hailed as one of the ​finesttenors in the ​operaticworld today.
  • hail verb (FALL AS ICE)

[I] If it hails, ​small, hard ​balls of ​icefall from the ​sky: It hailed for a few ​minutes this ​morning.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of hail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hail”
in Korean 싸락눈, 우박…
in Arabic بَرَد…
in Malaysian ketulan hujan batu, hujan…
in French grêle, pluie…
in Russian град…
in Chinese (Traditional) 雹,冰雹…
in Italian grandine…
in Turkish (hava durumu) dolu halinde yağmak…
in Polish grad…
in Spanish granizo, lluvia…
in Vietnamese trận mưa đá, hàng loạt…
in Portuguese granizo, chuva de pedra…
in Thai ลูกเห็บ, ลูกเห็บตก…
in German der Hagel…
in Catalan calamarsa, pedra…
in Japanese ひょう, あられ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 雹,冰雹…
in Indonesian hujan es, hujan…
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