There are 2 definitions of hail in English:

hail1

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Pronunciation: /heɪl
 
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noun

[mass noun]

verb

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  • 2 [with adverbial of direction] (Of a large number of objects) fall or be hurled forcefully: missiles and bombs hail down from the sky

Origin

Old English hagol, hægl (noun), hagalian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hagel and German Hagel.

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There are 2 definitions of hail in English:

hail2

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Pronunciation: /heɪl
 
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verb

  • 1 [with object] Call out to (someone) to attract attention: I hailed her in English
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    • I may bridle at the strange young thing who rings up out of the blue and breezily hails me by my first name but it does not help when the company she represents can only be reached through her.
    • A dive master hails me from a nearby floating group, ‘Any idea what that was?’
    • One of them hails me at the fuel pump in order to report that her sister has tried to read the book.
    Synonyms
    greet, salute, address, halloo, speak to, call out to, shout to, say hello to, initiate a discussion with, talk to; nod to, wave to, smile at, signal to, lift one's hat to, acknowledge; accost, approach, waylay, stop, catch
    informal collar, buttonhole
    British informal nobble
  • 1.1Signal (an approaching taxi) to stop: she raised her hand to hail a cab
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    • If I want the views of a cab driver I'll hail a taxi, thanks.
    • Keeping in mind that the fact that I was female, alone and in one of the worst neighborhoods in New York I hailed a Taxi cab that was in desperate need of a car wash.
    • Finally the security hailed a taxi cab and pushed us in and it drove away.
    Synonyms
    flag down, wave down, signal to stop, gesture to stop, make a sign to; call to, shout to; summon, accost
  • 3 [no object] (hail from) Have one’s home or origins in (a place): they hail from Turkey
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    • Gladys, a former mill worker, originally hails from Castleford but has lived in Haworth for most of her life.
    • Wayne originally hails from Wexford and has lived in Sligo for almost ten years.
    • Humble origin and hailing from a small town of Kakinada do not appear to deter him.
    Synonyms
    come from, be from, be a native of, have been born in, originate in, have one's roots in; be … (by birth); live in, have one's home in, inhabit, be an inhabitant of, be settled in, reside in, be a resident of

exclamation

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  • Expressing greeting or acclaim: hail, Caesar!
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    • Hail, ye lone voices in the wilderness!
    • Hail good citizens!
    • Hail, good old stranger!

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Phrases

all hail

archaic or • humorous
A cry of greeting or welcome: all hail the new kids on the block
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  • In any case, all hail Muschamp for mixing up the most delightful collection of names in a single piece about a really wonderful building that adds to the measure of happiness in lower Manhattan.
  • As everyone who's seen the show has said, the pure theatrics of the show - all hail Julie Taymor - are astonishing.
  • I have my headphones on; all hail iTunes radio, because the lady at the adjacent table is yelling into her cell phone.

within hail

dated At a distance within which someone may be called to; within earshot: the line keeps within hail of the River Dee
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  • If upon the ocean, would any passing vessel be within hail to rescue them from their critical position?
  • After finishing, a yacht shall come within hail of the Committee for instructions as to possible inspection.
  • Come within hail for verbal instructions or follow the official boat displaying Code Flag ‘L'.

Derivatives

hailer

noun
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  • Protesters may follow the hunt, on condition that loud trumpets, drums and hailers are replaced by muted clarinets or harps.
  • Student strikes are disrupting college campuses, where old protest anthems like ‘We Shall Overcome’ mix with the tinny sound of speeches belted out over load hailers.
  • The street vendors, the business suits on smoke breaks, the cell phones, the cab hailers, the noises.

Origin

Middle English: from the obsolete adjective hail 'healthy' (occurring in greetings and toasts, such as wæs hæil: see wassail), from Old Norse heill, related to hale1 and whole.

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