squall

  • 1 Squall — (skw[add]l), n. [Cf. Sw. sqval an impetuous running of water, sqvalregn a violent shower of rain, sqvala to stream, to gush.] A sudden and violent gust of wind often attended with rain or snow. [1913 Webster] The gray skirts of a lifting squall.… …

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  • 2 squall´er — squall 1 «skwl», noun, verb. –n. 1. a sudden, violent gust of wind, often with rain, snow, or hail. Squalls may be accompanied by thunder and lightning. SYNONYM(S): blast. 2. Informal, Figurative. a disturbance or commotion; trouble: »The squall… …

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  • 3 Squall — Squall, n. A loud scream; a harsh cry. [1913 Webster] There oft are heard the notes of infant woe, The short, thick sob, loud scream, and shriller squall. Pope. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 squall|y — «SKW lee», adjective, squall|i|er, squall|i|est. 1. having many sudden and violent gusts of wind: »squally weather. 2. blowing in squalls; gu …

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  • 5 Squall — Squall, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Squalled} (skw[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Squalling}.] [Icel. skvala. Cf. {Squeal}.] To cry out; to scream or cry violently, as a woman frightened, or a child in anger or distress; as, the infant squalled. [1913… …

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  • 6 squall — squall; squall·er; …

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  • 7 squall — squall1 [skwôl] n. [< Scand, as in Swed sqval, a sudden shower, downpour: for prob. base see SQUALL2] 1. a brief, violent windstorm, usually with rain or snow 2. Informal trouble or disturbance vi. to storm briefly; blow a squall squally adj.… …

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  • 8 squall — index fracas Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 9 squall — ► NOUN 1) a sudden violent gust of wind or localized storm. 2) a loud cry. ► VERB ▪ (of a baby or small child) cry noisily and continuously. DERIVATIVES squally adjective. ORIGIN probably an alteration of SQUEAL …

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  • 10 Squall — A squall is a sudden, sharp increase in wind speed which is usually associated with active weather, such as rain showers, thunderstorms, or heavy snow. [The Weather Channel. [http://www.weather.com/glossary/s.html Weather Glossary: S.] Retrieved… …

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  • 11 squall — squall1 squallish, adj. /skwawl/, n. 1. a sudden, violent gust of wind, often accompanied by rain, snow, or sleet. 2. a sudden disturbance or commotion. v.i. 3. to blow as a squall. [1690 1700; perh. special use of SQUALL2] squall2 …

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  • 12 squall — Synonyms and related words: altercation, bark, battle cry, bawl, bay, beef, bell, bellow, bickering, black squall, blare, blast, blat, blate, bleat, blizzard, blow, blow a hurricane, blow great guns, blow over, blow up, blubber, bluster, boom,… …

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  • 13 squall — I [[t]skwɔl[/t]] n. 1) mer a sudden, violent wind, often accompanied by rain, snow, or sleet 2) a sudden disturbance or commotion 3) mer to blow as a squall • Etymology: 1690–1700; perh. identical with squall II squall′ish, adj. II squall… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 squall — {{11}}squall (n.) sudden, violent gust of wind, 1719, originally nautical, probably from a Scandinavian source (Cf. Norw. skval sudden rush of water, Swed. skvala to gush, pour down ), probably ultimately a derivative of SQUALL (Cf. squall) (v.) …

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  • 15 squall — I UK [skwɔːl] / US [skwɔl] noun [countable] Word forms squall : singular squall plural squalls a storm that happens suddenly, especially at sea II UK [skwɔːl] / US [skwɔl] verb [intransitive] Word forms squall : present tense I/you/we/they squall …

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  • 16 squall — 1. noun a) A squall line, multicell line, or part of a squall line. b) A sudden storm, as found in a squall line. Often a nautical usage. 2. verb To cry or wail loudly. Squal …

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  • 17 squall — squall1 [ skwɔl ] noun count a storm that happens suddenly, especially at sea squall squall 2 [ skwɔl ] verb intransitive to cry loudly …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 squall — [[t]skwɔ͟ːl[/t]] squalls, squalling, squalled 1) N COUNT A squall is a sudden strong wind which often causes a brief, violent rain storm or snow storm. The boat was hit by a squall north of the island. Syn: storm 2) VERB If a person or animal… …

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  • 19 squall — I. verb Etymology: probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skval useless chatter Date: circa 1631 intransitive verb to cry out raucously ; scream transitive verb to utter in a strident voice • squaller noun II …

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  • 20 squall — squall1 [skwo:l US skwo:l] n [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language] a sudden strong wind, especially one that brings rain or snow ▪ snow squalls squall 2 squall2 v [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: From a [i]Scandinavian… …

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