bale

1 [beyl]
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; Middle English < Anglo-Latin bala, Anglo-French bale pack, bale < Frankish *balla; compare Old High German balo, akin to balla ball1

baleless, adjective
baler, noun
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bale

2 [beyl]
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

bale

3 [beyl]
noun
bail2.

bale

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

Bâle

[bahl]
noun
French name of Basel.
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bale1 (beɪl)
 
n
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
 
vb
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)
 
n
1.  evil; injury
2.  woe; suffering; pain
 
[Old English bealu; related to Old Norse böl evil, Gothic balwa, Old High German balo]

bale3 (beɪl)
 
vb
a variant spelling of bail

bale4 (beɪl)
 
n
a variant spelling of bail

Bâle (bɑl)
 
n
the French name for Basle

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bale
"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
It was used to wrap round bales of hay and donated to us.
The walls are made of tightly packed straw bales held together with bamboo pins
  and lined with fishing nets.
The walls are made of tightly packed straw bales held together with bamboo pins
  and covered with fishing nets.
Politicians across the country will kiss babies and make stump speeches from
  straw bales.
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