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HAIL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hail mean? 

HAIL (noun)
  The noun HAIL has 2 senses:

1. precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents
2. enthusiastic greeting

  Familiarity information: HAIL used as a noun is rare.


HAIL (verb)
  The verb HAIL has 5 senses:

1. praise vociferously
2. be a native of
3. call for
4. greet enthusiastically or joyfully
5. precipitate as small ice particles

  Familiarity information: HAIL used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


HAIL (noun)


Sense 1hail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Hypernyms ("hail" is a kind of...):

downfall; precipitation (the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist))

Meronyms (parts of "hail"):

hailstone (small pellet of ice that falls during a hailstorm)


Sense 2hail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Enthusiastic greeting

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("hail" is a kind of...):

greeting; salutation ((usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting))


HAIL (verb)


Sense 1hail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Praise vociferously

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

acclaim; hail; herald

Context example:

The critics hailed the young pianist as a new Rubinstein

Hypernyms (to "hail" is one way to...):

applaud (express approval of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue hail the movie


Sense 2hail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be a native of

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

hail; come

Context example:

She hails from Kalamazoo

Hypernyms (to "hail" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3hail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Call for

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

hail a cab

Hypernyms (to "hail" is one way to...):

call; send for (order, request, or command to come)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4hail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Greet enthusiastically or joyfully

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

herald; hail

Hypernyms (to "hail" is one way to...):

greet; recognise; recognize (express greetings upon meeting someone)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 5hail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Precipitate as small ice particles

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering

Context example:

It hailed for an hour

Hypernyms (to "hail" is one way to...):

come down; fall; precipitate (fall from clouds)

Sentence frame:

It is ----ing

Sentence example:

It was hailing all day long


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