Small roundish masses of ice precipitated from the clouds, where they are formed by the congelation of vapor. The separate masses or grains are called hailstones.
- Precipitation in the form of spherical or irregular pellets of ice larger than 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) in diameter.
- Something that falls with the force and quantity of a shower of ice and hard snow: a hail of pebbles; a hail of criticism.
- To precipitate in pellets of ice and hard snow.
- To fall like hailstones: Condemnations hailed down on them.
- To pour (something) down or forth: They hailed insults at me.
- To salute or greet.
- To greet or acclaim enthusiastically: The crowds hailed the boxing champion.
- To call out or yell in order to catch the attention of: hail a cabdriver.
- To signal or call to a passing ship as a greeting or identification.
- The act of greeting or acclaiming.
- A shout made to catch someone's attention or to greet.
- Hailing distance: told me to stay within hail.
- Used to express a greeting or tribute.
- hail from To come or originate from: She hails from Texas.