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  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, bal·ing.
  1. to make or form into bales: to bale wastepaper for disposal.

Origin of bale1

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-Latin bala, Anglo-French bale pack, bale < Frankish *balla; compare Old High German balo, akin to balla ball1
Related formsbale·less, adjectivebal·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for baler

Historical Examples

  • At his command, the man took the baler and threw salt water into his face.

    Lost Face

    Jack London

  • I emptied my baler, holding perhaps a quart, into the ballast-bag.

    A Poor Man's House

    Stephen Sydney Reynolds

  • He dipped the baler in carefully, and brought it out dripping.

    Blue Jackets

    George Manville Fenn

  • Sitting down with the baler in his hand by the hole, he waited and looked about.

    Wyndham's Pal

    Harold Bindloss

  • Sometimes he used the bucket and sometimes the baler, for water came on board fast.

    Wyndham's Pal

    Harold Bindloss

British Dictionary definitions for baler


  1. an agricultural machine for making bales of hay, etcAlso called: baling machine


  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
  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


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


  1. a variant spelling of bail 2


  1. a variant spelling of bail 4


  1. the French name for Basle
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Word Origin and History for baler


machine that makes bales, 1888, agent noun from bale (v.).



"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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