1. Small roundish masses of ice precipitated from the clouds, where they are formed by the congelation of vapor. The separate masses or grains are called hailstones.
  2. A wish of health; a salutation; a loud call.

v. i.

  1. To pour down particles of ice, or frozen vapors.
  2. To declare, by hailing, the port from which a vessel sails or where she is registered; hence, to sail; to come; -- used with from; as, the steamer hails from New York.
  3. To report as one's home or the place from whence one comes; to come; -- with from.

v. t.

  1. To pour forcibly down, as hail.
  2. To call loudly to, or after; to accost; to salute; to address.
  3. To name; to designate; to call.
  4. An exclamation of respectful or reverent salutation, or, occasionally, of familiar greeting.


  1. Healthy. See Hale (the preferable spelling).