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hail1  audio  (hl) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. Precipitation in the form of spherical or irregular pellets of ice larger than 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) in diameter.
  2. Something that falls with the force and quantity of a shower of ice and hard snow: a hail of pebbles; a hail of criticism.
VERB:
hailed, hail·ing, hails
VERB:
intr.
  1. To precipitate in pellets of ice and hard snow.
  2. To fall like hailstones: Condemnations hailed down on them.
VERB:
tr.
To pour (something) down or forth: They hailed insults at me.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old English hægel, hagol


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