- to compel (someone) to go: to hale a man into court.
- to haul; pull.
Origin of hale2
Examples from the Web for haling
Dexippus seized on some one, and was for haling him to the Spartan governor.Anabasis
Then, as they were haling me off, Brother Martin—do you remember him?The Lady Of Blossholme
H. Rider Haggard
For the townsfolk, no brawling, marauding, or haling about of honest wenches.A Monk of Fife
As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.The Bible for Young People
But Saul laid waste the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
- healthy and robust (esp in the phrase hale and hearty)
- Scot and Northern English dialect whole
- (tr) to pull or drag; haul
- George Ellery. 1868–1938, US astronomer: undertook research into sunspots and invented the spectroheliograph
- Sir Matthew. 1609–76, English judge and scholar; Lord Chief Justice (1671–76)
Word Origin and History for haling
"healthy," Old English hal "healthy, entire, uninjured" (see health). The Scottish and northern English form of whole; it was given a literary sense of "free from infirmity" (1734). Related: Haleness.
c.1200, "drag; summon," in Middle English used of arrows, bowstrings, reins, anchors, from Old French haler "to pull, haul" (12c.), from a Germanic source, perhaps Frankish *halon or Old Dutch halen; probably also from Old English geholian "obtain" (see haul). Figurative sense of "to draw (someone) from one condition to another" is late 14c. Related: Haled; haling.