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noun [countable] gale pronunciation in British English /ɡeɪl/ 
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singulargale
pluralgales
  1. 1
    a very strong wind

    a force nine gale (=a very strong gale)

    It's blowing a gale (=there is a strong wind).

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  2. 2
    a sudden loud noise of people laughing

    Gales of laughter floated up from the flat below.

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