Tearing off my cap, I used it as a bailer and worked desperately.
Schofield, with the bailer in one hand, lay flat in the bottom.
“I have a bailer here,” said Ross, producing it from the locker.
There was only one bailer in the boat, and there was nothing else in the shape of a can or pail.
Then one of them pointed above toward the open shaft that Rawson had drilled, the shaft up which the bailer had gone.
The cuttings are cleaned out by a bailer, as for drive pipes.
Placing an oar, a bailer, and a can of gasoline in the boat, she prepared to leave the dock.
Still the boy Tristram said nothing, but turning round took a bailer from under the thwart, and began energetically bailing away.
I have before been in a storm without a bailer, which had been washed overboard, and almost lost my life through the same cause.
Except in smooth water they are very wet, and the bailer (a melon shell) is in constant requisition.
"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).
"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.