ADJ. fierce, full, great, heavy, howling, severe, strong | Force 9, Force 10, etc. | northerly, westerly, etc. | autumn, winter, etc. | equinoctial | Atlantic, North Sea, etc.
VERB + GALE blow It was blowing a gale outside. | get caught in We got caught in a howling gale.
GALE + VERB blow A severe gale was blowing along the coast.
GALE + NOUN force gale force winds | warning
PREP. in ~ The tree had come down in a fierce gale the night before.