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pale1

[peyl] /peɪl/
adjective, paler, palest.
1.
lacking intensity of color; colorless or whitish:
a pale complexion.
2.
of a low degree of chroma, saturation, or purity; approaching white or gray:
pale yellow.
3.
not bright or brilliant; dim:
the pale moon.
4.
faint or feeble; lacking vigor:
a pale protest.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), paled, paling.
5.
to make or become pale:
to pale at the sight of blood.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Middle French < Latin pallidus pallid
Related forms
palely, adverb
paleness, noun
Synonyms
1. Pale, pallid, wan imply an absence of color, especially from the human countenance. Pale implies a faintness or absence of color, which may be natural when applied to things, the pale blue of a violet, but when used to refer to the human face usually means an unnatural and often temporary absence of color, as arising from sickness or sudden emotion: pale cheeks. Pallid , limited mainly to the human countenance, implies an excessive paleness induced by intense emotion, disease, or death: the pallid lips of the dying man. Wan implies a sickly paleness, as after a long illness: wan and thin; the suggestion of weakness may be more prominent than that of lack of color: a wan smile. 5. blanch, whiten.
Antonyms
1. ruddy. 5. darken.

pale2

[peyl] /peɪl/
noun
1.
a stake or picket, as of a fence.
2.
an enclosing or confining barrier; enclosure.
3.
an enclosed area.
4.
limits; bounds:
outside the pale of his jurisdiction.
5.
a district or region within designated bounds.
6.
(initial capital letter). Also called English Pale, Irish Pale. a district in eastern Ireland included in the Angevin Empire of King Henry II and his successors.
7.
an ordinary in the form of a broad vertical stripe at the center of an escutcheon.
8.
Shipbuilding. a shore used inside to support the deck beams of a hull under construction.
verb (used with object), paled, paling.
9.
to enclose with pales; fence.
10.
to encircle or encompass.
Idioms
11.
beyond the pale, beyond the limits of propriety, courtesy, protection, safety, etc.:
Their public conduct is certainly beyond the pale.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English (north), Old English pāl < Latin pālus stake. See peel3, pole1
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Examples for paled
  • Laptop growth may have paled in comparison with the mobile sort, but that did not stop it from doubling.
  • We found out about his biting his fingernails and a lot of other things that paled next to his announcement.
  • Time has not paled his incisive, brooding and anguished quasi-biography.
  • For the truly committed, the risk paled next to the potential high.
  • Yet, in offering opportunities for mayhem, the usual social round paled by comparison to election season.
  • The chamber's physical deficiencies, however, paled beside the crisis of secession.
  • But that paled in comparison to the gap in other countries.
  • Infested foliage becomes mottled or paled and may turn brown and drop prematurely.
British Dictionary definitions for paled

pale1

/peɪl/
adjective
1.
lacking brightness of colour; whitish pale morning light
2.
(of a colour) whitish; produced by a relatively small quantity of colouring agent
3.
dim or wan the pale stars
4.
feeble a pale effort
5.
(South African) a euphemism for White
verb
6.
to make or become pale or paler; blanch
7.
(intransitive) often foll by before. to lose superiority or importance (in comparison to) her beauty paled before that of her hostess
Derived Forms
palely, adverb
paleness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French palle, from Latin pallidus pale, from pallēre to look wan

pale2

/peɪl/
noun
1.
a wooden post or strip used as an upright member in a fence
2.
an enclosing barrier, esp a fence made of pales
3.
an area enclosed by a pale
4.
a sphere of activity within which certain restrictions are applied
5.
(heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a vertical stripe, usually in the centre of a shield
6.
beyond the pale, outside the limits of social convention
verb
7.
(transitive) to enclose with pales
Word Origin
C14: from Old French pal, from Latin pālus stake; compare pole1
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Word Origin and History for paled
pale
c.1300, from O.Fr. paile, from L. pallidus "pale, pallid, wan," from pallere "be pale, grow pale," from PIE *pol-/*pel- (see pallor). The verb is first recorded c.1300. Pale-face, supposed N.Amer. Indian word for "European," is attested from 1822.
pale
early 14c., "fence of pointed stakes," from L. palus "stake," related to pangere "to fix or fasten" (see pact). Figurative sense of "limit, boundary, restriction" is from c.1400. Barely surviving in beyond the pale and similar phrases. Meaning "the part of Ireland under English rule" is from 1540s.
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Slang definitions & phrases for paled

paled

adj,adj phr

Completely exhausted, esp by drugs or liquor; wasted (1970s+ Canadian teenagers)


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