A strong current of air; a wind between a stiff breeze and a hurricane. The most violent gales are called tempests.
- A very strong wind.
- Any of four winds with speeds of from 32 to 63 miles (51 to 102 kilometers) per hour, according to the Beaufort scale.
- A fresh gale.
- A forceful outburst: gales of laughter.
- Archaic A breeze.
- The sweet gale.