gale 1 (gāl)
a. A wind with a speed of from 34 to 40 knots (39 to 46 miles per hour; 63 to 74 kilometers per hour), according to the Beaufort scale. Also called fresh gale.
b. A storm at sea.
2. often gales A forceful outburst: gales of laughter.
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