1. Any of various large diurnal birds of prey of the family Accipitridae, including members of the genera Aquila and Haliaeetus, characterized by broad wings, a hooked bill, keen vision, and soaring flight.
2. A representation of an eagle used as an emblem or insignia.
3. A gold coin formerly used in the United States, stamped with an eagle on the reverse side and having a face value of ten dollars.
4. Sports A golf score of two strokes under par on a hole.
v. ea·gled, ea·gling, ea·gles
To shoot (a hole in golf) in two strokes under par.
To score an eagle in golf.
[Middle English egle, from Anglo-Norman, from Old Provençal aigla, from Latin aquila.]
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