What does the word gale mean?

Usage examples for gale

  1. Mrs. McGuire was in a gale of laughter by the time she had finished reading this; so, too, was Susan. – Dawn by Eleanor H. Porter
  2. You could see rain falling from one cloud over Lake Pontchartrain; the strong gale brought the sweet smell of it. – Strange True Stories of Louisiana by George Washington Cable
  3. Ah, but I fear thee, Queen: this dreadful mood Will break the pleasantness of friendship thou Hast kept for me, as a ship in a gale is broken. – Emblems Of Love by Lascelles Abercrombie