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bale1

[beyl] /beɪl/
noun
1.
a large bundle or package prepared for shipping, storage, or sale, especially one tightly compressed and secured by wires, hoops, cords, or the like, and sometimes having a wrapping or covering:
a bale of cotton; a bale of hay.
2.
a group of turtles.
verb (used with object), baled, baling.
3.
to make or form into bales:
to bale wastepaper for disposal.
Origin of bale1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-Latin bala, Anglo-French bale pack, bale < Frankish *balla; compare Old High German balo, akin to balla ball1
Related forms
baleless, adjective
baler, noun

bale2

[beyl] /beɪl/
noun, Archaic.
1.
evil; harm; misfortune.
2.
woe; misery; sorrow.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English; Old English bealu, balu; cognate with Old Norse bǫl, Old Saxon balu, Old High German balo, Gothic balw-; akin to Russian bolʾ pain, OCS bolŭ ill

bale3

[beyl] /beɪl/
noun
1.
bail2 .

bale4

[beyl] /beɪl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), baled, baling.
1.
bail3 (defs 1–3).

Bâle

[bahl] /bɑl/
noun
1.
French name of Basel.

bail2

or bale

[beyl] /beɪl/
noun
1.
the semicircular handle of a kettle or pail.
2.
a hooplike support, as for the canvas cover on a Conestoga wagon.
3.
a metal band or bar equipped with rollers for holding a sheet or sheets of paper against the platen of a printing press, typewriter, etc.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English beyl, perhaps < Old Norse; compare Old Norse beyglast to become bent, equivalent to baug(r) ring (see bee2) + *-il noun suffix + -ast middle infinitive suffix

bail3

or bale (for defs 1–3)

[beyl] /beɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to dip (water) out of a boat, as with a bucket.
2.
to clear of water by dipping (usually followed by out):
to bail out a boat.
verb (used without object)
3.
to bail water.
noun
4.
Also, bailer. a bucket, dipper, or other container used for bailing.
Verb phrases
5.
bail out,
  1. to make a parachute jump from an airplane.
  2. to relieve or assist (a person, company, etc.) in an emergency situation, especially a financial crisis:
    The corporation bailed out its failing subsidiary through a series of refinancing operations.
  3. to give up on or abandon something, as to evade a responsibility:
    His partner bailed out before the business failed.
Origin
1425-75; late Middle English bayle < Middle French baille a bucket < Vulgar Latin *bāi(u)la; akin to Latin bāiulus carrier. See bail1
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Examples from the Web for bale
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Jaune and Brown, hidden by a bale of hay, were within five feet of him.

  • I have entrusted my bale to Leonhard Tucher and given over my white cloth to him.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • In bale's view wealth is a necessary accompaniment of distinction.

    War-time Silhouettes Stephen Hudson
  • Folk of the land it had lapped in flame, with bale and brand.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • Before him was a gentleman who sat on a bale of hay, and he seemed to have a bandage on his foot.

    Jack Harkaway in New York Bracebridge Hemyng
British Dictionary definitions for bale

bale1

/beɪl/
noun
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
verb
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
See also bail out
Word Origin
C14: probably from Old French bale, from Old High German ballaball1

bale2

/beɪl/
noun (archaic)
1.
evil; injury
2.
woe; suffering; pain
Word Origin
Old English bealu; related to Old Norse böl evil, Gothic balwa, Old High German balo

bale3

/beɪl/
verb
1.
a variant spelling of bail2

bale4

/beɪl/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of bail4

bail1

/beɪl/
noun
1.
a sum of money by which a person is bound to take responsibility for the appearance in court of another person or himself or herself, forfeited if the person fails to appear
2.
the person or persons so binding themselves; surety
3.
the system permitting release of a person from custody where such security has been taken: he was released on bail
4.
jump bail, (formal) forfeit bail, to fail to appear in court to answer to a charge
5.
stand bail, go bail, to act as surety (for someone)
verb (transitive)
6.
(often foll by out) to release or obtain the release of (a person) from custody, security having been made
See also bail out
Word Origin
C14: from Old French: custody, from baillier to hand over, from Latin bāiulāre to carry burdens, from bāiulus carrier, of obscure origin

bail2

/beɪl/
verb
1.
(often foll by out) to remove (water) from (a boat)
Derived Forms
bailer, baler, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French baille bucket, from Latin bāiulus carrier

bail3

/beɪl/
noun
1.
(cricket) either of two small wooden bars placed across the tops of the stumps to form the wicket
2.
(agriculture)
  1. a partition between stalls in a stable or barn, for horses
  2. a portable dairy house built on wheels or skids
3.
(Austral & NZ) a framework in a cowshed used to secure the head of a cow during milking
verb
4.
See bail up
Word Origin
C18: from Old French baile stake, fortification, probably from Latin baculum stick

bail4

/beɪl/
noun
1.
the semicircular handle of a kettle, bucket, etc
2.
a semicircular support for a canopy
3.
a movable bar on a typewriter that holds the paper against the platen
Word Origin
C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse beygja to bend

Bâle

/bɑl/
noun
1.
the French name for Basle
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Word Origin and History for bale
n.

"large bundle or package," early 14c., from Old French bale "rolled-up bundle," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German balla "ball"), from Proto-Germanic *ball-, from PIE *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole).

bail

n.

"bond money," late 15c., a sense that apparently developed from that of "temporary release from jail" (into the custody of another, who gives security), recorded from early 15c. That evolved from earlier meaning "captivity, custody" (early 14c.). From Old French baillier "to control, to guard, deliver" (12c.), from Latin bajulare "to bear a burden," from bajulus "porter," of unknown origin. In late 18c. criminal slang, to give leg bail meant "to run away."

"horizontal piece of wood in a cricket wicket," c.1742, originally "any cross bar" (1570s), probably identical with Middle French bail "horizontal piece of wood affixed on two stakes," and with English bail "palisade wall, outer wall of a castle" (see bailey).

v.

"to dip water out of," 1610s, from baile (n.) "small wooden bucket" (mid-14c.), from nautical Old French baille "bucket, pail," from Medieval Latin *bajula (aquae), literally "porter of water," from Latin bajulare "to bear a burden" (see bail (n.1)). To bail out "leave suddenly" (intransitive) is recorded from 1930, originally of airplane pilots. Related: Bailed; bailing.

"to procure someone's release from prison" (by posting bail), 1580s, from bail (n.1); usually with out. Related: Bailed; bailing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bale

bail

verb

To leave; cut out, split: Bruce has bailed from the scene entirely/ Most of my friends had bailed to stay with other relatives

Related Terms

jump bail

[1970s+ college students; fr bail out]

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Idioms and Phrases with bale

bail

In addition to the idiom beginning with
bail
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