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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
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
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British Dictionary definitions for baleless

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

Bâle

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

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).

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