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English noun: hail

1. hail (phenomenon) precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents

Broader (hypernym)downfall, precipitation

Part holonymhailstone

2. hail (object) many objects thrown forcefully through the air

SamplesA hail of pebbles.
A hail of bullets.

Broader (hypernym)object, physical object

3. hail (communication) enthusiastic greeting

Broader (hypernym)greeting, salutation

English verb: hail

1. hail (communication) praise vociferously

SamplesThe critics hailed the young pianist as a new Rubinstein.

ExamplesSam and Sue hail the movie

Synonymsacclaim, herald

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)applaud

2. hail (stative) be a native of

SamplesShe hails from Kalamazoo.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)be

Verb groupcome, derive, descend

3. hail (communication) call for

SamplesHail a cab.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)call, send for

4. hail (communication) greet enthusiastically or joyfully


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)greet, recognise, recognize

5. hail (weather) precipitate as small ice particles

SamplesIt hailed for an hour.

ExamplesIt was hailing all day long

Pattern of useIt is ----ing

Broader (hypernym)come down, fall, precipitate

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