Meaning of “hail” in the English Dictionary

"hail" in English

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uk /heɪl/ us /heɪl/

C2 [ U ] small, hard balls of ice that fall from the sky like rain

a hail of sth

a lot of similar things or remarks, thrown or shouted at someone at the same time:

a hail of bullets
The prime minister was greeted with a hail of insults as she arrived at the university.

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uk /heɪl/ us /heɪl/

(Definition of “hail” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hail" in American English

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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.


us /heɪl/

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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(Definition of “hail” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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The aim was to guarantee farmers a minimum income in certain circumstances such as public disasters like droughts, storms, hail, forest fires or epizootic diseases.
The report makes particular mention of the fact that agricultural production is vulnerable to climate phenomena such as drought, frost, hail, forest fires, floods, landslides and others.
I hail from a border area, and driving around the area for half an hour, you can face road tolls six times!