Meaning of gall


Pronunciation: (gôl), [key]
— n.
  1. impudence; effrontery.
  2. bile, esp. that of an animal.
  3. something bitter or severe.
  4. bitterness of spirit; rancor.
  5. bitterness of spirit; deep resentment.


Pronunciation: (gôl), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to make sore by rubbing; chafe severely: The saddle galled the horse's back.
  2. to vex or irritate greatly: His arrogant manner galls me.
  1. to be or become chafed.
  2. (of either of two engaging metal parts) to lose metal to the other because of heat or molecular attraction resulting from friction.
  3. (of a die or compact in powder metallurgy) to lose surface material through adhesion to the die.
  1. a sore on the skin, esp. of a horse, due to rubbing; excoriation.
  2. something very vexing or irritating.
  3. a state of vexation or irritation.


Pronunciation: (gôl), [key]
— n.
  1. any abnormal vegetable growth or excrescence on plants, caused by various agents, as insects, nematodes, fungi, bacteria, viruses, chemicals, and mechanical injuries.


Pronunciation: (gôl), [key]
— n.
  1. 1840?–94, leader of the Hunkpapa Sioux: a major chief in the battle of Little Bighorn.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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