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Bâle

[bahl]
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noun
  1. French name of Basel.
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British Dictionary definitions for bâle

Bâle

noun
  1. the French name for Basle

bale1

noun
  1. a large bundle, esp of a raw or partially processed material, bound by ropes, wires, etc, for storage or transportationbale of hay
  2. a large package or carton of goods
  3. US 500 pounds of cotton
  4. a group of turtles
  5. Australian and NZ See wool bale
verb
  1. to make (hay, etc) into a bale or bales
  2. to put (goods) into packages or cartons
  3. Australian and 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 balla ball 1

bale2

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

verb
  1. a variant spelling of bail 2

bale4

noun
  1. a variant spelling of bail 4
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Word Origin and History for bâle

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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