squall


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
squaller, n.
/skwawl/, v.i.
1. to cry or scream loudly and violently: The hungry baby began to squall.
v.t.
2. to utter in a screaming tone.
n.
3. the act or sound of squalling: The baby's squall was heard next door.
[1625-35; perh. < ON skvala shriek, cry; cf. Sw, Norw skvala splash, stream]

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      as used by weather forecasters, a sudden wind-speed increase of 8 metres per second (18 miles per hour) or more, for one minute or longer. It includes several briefer wind-speed changes, or gusts. A squall is often named for the weather phenomenon that accompanies it, such as rain, hail, or thunder; a line squall is one associated with a squall line of thunderstorms that is often hundreds of kilometres long.

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  • 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] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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