French name of Basel.
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bale1 (beɪl)
1.  a large bundle, esp of a raw or partially processed material, bound by ropes, wires, etc, for storage or transportation: bale of hay
2.  a large package or carton of goods
3.  (US) 500 pounds of cotton
4.  a group of turtles
5.  (Austral), (NZ) See wool bale
6.  to make (hay, etc) into a bale or bales
7.  to put (goods) into packages or cartons
8.  (Austral), (NZ) to pack and compress (wool) into wool bales
[C14: probably from Old French bale, from Old High German ballaball1]

bale2 (beɪl)
1.  evil; injury
2.  woe; suffering; pain
[Old English bealu; related to Old Norse böl evil, Gothic balwa, Old High German balo]

bale3 (beɪl)
a variant spelling of bail

bale4 (beɪl)
a variant spelling of bail

Bâle (bɑl)
the French name for Basle

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Word Origin & History

"large bundle or package," early 14c., from O.Fr. bale "rolled-up bundle," from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. balla "ball"), from P.Gmc. *ball-, from PIE *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole).
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Example sentences
Mechanical reapers became even more efficient when adapted to bale the stalks
  into sheaves, too.
If their theory is correct, they're no longer searching for a needle in a
  haystack-merely a needle in a bale of hay.
We bought a bale of straw and left it in the backyard.
The green netting you see on the blocks is bale wrap.
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