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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SQUALL, v.i. To cry out; to scream or cry violently; as a woman frightened, or a child in anger or distress; a, the infant squalled.
1. A loud scream; a harsh cry.
2. A sudden gust of violent wind.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: sudden violent winds; often accompanied by precipitation v
1: make high-pitched, whiney noises [syn: squall, waul, wawl]
2: utter a sudden loud cry; "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me" [syn: shout, shout out, cry, call, yell, scream, holler, hollo, squall]
3: blow in a squall; "When it squalls, a prudent sailor reefs his sails"

Merriam Webster's

I. verb Etymology: probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skval useless chatter Date: circa 1631 intransitive verb to cry out raucously ; scream transitive verb to utter in a strident voice squaller noun II. noun Date: 1709 a raucous cry III. noun Etymology: probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish skval rushing water Date: 1699 1. a sudden violent wind often with rain or snow 2. a short-lived commotion IV. intransitive verb Date: circa 1890 to blow a squall

NOAA Weather Glossary

A strong wind characterized by a sudden onset in which the windspeed increases at least 16 knots and is sustained at 22 knots or more for at least oneminute.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a sudden or violent gust or storm of wind, esp. with rain or snow or sleet. 2 a discordant cry; a scream (esp. of a baby). 3 (esp. in pl.) trouble, difficulty. --v. 1 intr. utter a squall; scream, cry out violently as in fear or pain. 2 tr. utter in a screaming or discordant voice. Derivatives: squally adj. Etymology: prob. f. SQUEAL after BAWL

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Squall Squall, n. [Cf. Sw. sqval an impetuous running of water, sqvalregn a violent shower of rain, sqala to stream, to gush.] A sudden violent gust of wind often attended with rain or snow. The gray skirts of a lifting squall. --Tennyson. Black squall, a squall attended with dark, heavy clouds. Thick squall, a black squall accompanied by rain, hail, sleet, or snow. --Totten. White squall, a squall which comes unexpectedly, without being marked in its approach by the clouds. --Totten.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Squall Squall, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Squalled; 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Squall Squall, n. A loud scream; a harsh cry. There oft are heard the notes of infant woe, - The short, thick sob, loud scream, and shriller squall. --Pope.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(squalls, squalling, squalled) 1. A squall is a sudden strong wind which often causes a brief, violent rain storm or snow storm. The boat was hit by a squall north of the island. N-COUNT 2. If a person or animal squalls, they make a loud unpleasant noise like the noise made by a crying baby. There was an infant squalling in the back of the church. ...squalling guitars. = wail VERB: V, V-ing

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. n. Cry (as an infant), bawl, yell, scream, cry out. II. n. 1. Cry, bawl, yell, scream, outcry. 2. Storm (sudden and brief), blast, gust, brief gale, little tempest, brief hurricane.

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