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Definition sudden strong winds; or a storm — usually at sea or in the snow

More rarely, squall can refer a loud cry or any commotion or disturbance such as an argument.
  • A squall blew in while we were sailing.
squall = a windy storm
  • We were surprised by a summer squall.
  • squall = a windy storm
  • The rain squalls, now past, have rinsed the haze from the atmosphere, and distant, backlit hills stand out in crisp detail.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • squalls = storms
  • Twice, the men rowed toward distant squalls, but each time, the rain sputtered out just as they reached it, leaving them exhausted and demoralized.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • squalls = storms
  • There's a squall coming.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • squall = windy storm
  •   "How I envied you," she exclaimed. "To get into that water and away from this filthy ship even for a moment!"
      In a split second a squall darkened Nat's blue eyes. "Filthy — the Dolphin?"
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • squall = storm (figuratively)
  • Someone was coming toward me along the bent, broken lane which led to the dormitory, a lane out of old London, ancient houses on either side leaning as though soon to tumble into it, cobblestones heaving underfoot like a bricked-over ocean squall—a figure of great height advanced down them toward me.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • squall = storm
  • The squall wind was in the tops of the palms and I could imagine how they looked in the night sky, thrashing against each other high over our little cay.
    Theodore Taylor  --  The Cay
  • squall = a windy storm
  • All day long the ploughmen on their prairie farms had moved to and fro in their wide level fields through the falling snow, which melted as it fell, wetting them to the skin all day, notwithstanding the frequent squalls of snow, the dripping, desolate clouds, and the muck of the furrows, black and tenacious as tar.
    Hamlin Garland  --  Under the Lion's Paw
  • squalls = sudden strong winds; or storms
  • This time I climbed only 120 feet above the bergschrund before lack of composure and the arrival of a snow squall forced me to turn around.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • squall = storm
  • By late afternoon the squall had metastasized into another major storm.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • squall = small snowstorm
  • When the next squall inched along the horizon, none of them had the strength to chase it.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • squall = storm
  • One day after sea search, as Phil was detouring around a squall, Cuppernell asked him if he'd dare fly into it.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • squall = storm
  • There's a squall ahead.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • squall = windy storm
  • It was still clear, but a thin, wispy scum of cirrus had spread across the upper atmosphere, and a dark line of squalls was visible just above the southwestern horizon.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
squalls = storms

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