squall

(redirected from squalls)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
See: fracas
Mentioned in ?
References in classic literature ?
An unusually stiff squall blew about them and thrummed overhead in the tree-tops and both paused to listen.
Every rope and shroud was thrumming and screeching in resistance to the fierce weight of the squall.
Comun' tull Narrow Reach, thuck weather, wuth snow squalls, me un the chart-room, dudna I guv hum the changed course?
On the 11th of January, 1833, by carrying a press of sail, we fetched within a few miles of the great rugged mountain of York Minster (so called by Captain Cook, and the origin of the name of the elder Fuegian), when a violent squall compelled us to shorten sail and stand out to sea.
The squall had come up, like a spiteful messenger before the morning; there followed in its wake a ragged tear of light which ripped the dark clouds until they showed a great grey hole of day.
The next moment the heavy implement was raised aloft; the next, there was a crash and a squall, and the cat was off on three legs to meet an engagement; Roxy would arrive just as the lamp or a window went to irremediable smash.
The worst had happened; Juag and I seized paddles and kept the canoe with the wind; but that squall was the parting shot of the gale, which died out immediately after, leaving us free to make for the shore, which we lost no time in attempting.
All that night, while squall after squall smote Berande, uprooting trees, overthrowing copra-sheds, and rocking the house on its tall piles, Sheldon slept.
The day grew suddenly dark, as a squall obscured the face of the sun.
Everything had happened at once--the blow, the counter-blow, the squeal of agony from the porcupine, the big cat's squall of sudden hurt and astonishment.
It won't be long before that squall is drenching things.
Like a sailor shinning up the ratlins during a squall Jerry mounted to his professional seat.