1 small pellets of ice falling from cumulonimbus clouds when there are very strong rising air currents
2 a shower or storm of such pellets
3 words, ideas, etc., directed with force and in great quantity
a hail of abuse
4 a collection of objects, esp. bullets, spears, etc., directed at someone with violent force
5 intr; with: it as subject to be the case that hail is falling
6 often with it as subject to fall or cause to fall as or like hail
to hail criticism, bad language hailed about him
(Old English hægl; related to Old Frisian heil, Old High German hagal hail, Greek kakhlex pebble)
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