bale

1
[ beyl ]
/ beɪl /

noun

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.
a group of turtles.

verb (used with object), baled, bal·ing.

to make or form into bales: to bale wastepaper for disposal.

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Nearby words

  1. baldwin, james,
  2. baldwin, james mark,
  3. baldwin, matthias william,
  4. baldwin, stanley,
  5. baldy,
  6. bale cubic,
  7. balearic islands,
  8. baleboste,
  9. baleen,
  10. baleen whale

Origin of bale

1
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

bale

2
[ beyl ]
/ beɪl /

noun Archaic.

evil; harm; misfortune.
woe; misery; sorrow.

Origin of bale

2
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 ]
/ beɪl /

noun

bale

4
[ beyl ]
/ beɪl /

verb (used with or without object), baled, bal·ing.

Bâle

[ bahl ]
/ bɑl /

noun

French name of Basel.

bail

2

or bale

[ beyl ]
/ beɪl /

noun

the semicircular handle of a kettle or pail.
a hooplike support, as for the canvas cover on a Conestoga wagon.
a metal band or bar equipped with rollers for holding a sheet or sheets of paper against the platen of a printing press, typewriter, etc.

Origin of bail

2
1400–50; late Middle English beyl, perhaps < Old Norse; compare Old Norse beyglast to become bent, equivalent to baug(r) ring (see bee2) + *-il noun suffix + -ast middle infinitive suffix

Also bale (for defs 1–3).

Origin of bail

3
1425–75; late Middle English bayle < Middle French baille a bucket < Vulgar Latin *bāi(u)la; akin to Latin bāiulus carrier. See bail1

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British Dictionary definitions for bale

bale

1
/ (beɪl) /

noun

verb

See also bail out

Word Origin for bale

C14: probably from Old French bale, from Old High German balla ball 1

noun archaic

evil; injury
woe; suffering; pain

Word Origin for bale

Old English bealu; related to Old Norse böl evil, Gothic balwa, Old High German balo

verb

a variant spelling of bail 2

noun

a variant spelling of bail 4

Bâle

/ (bɑl) /

noun

the French name for Basle

bail

1
/ (beɪl) law /

noun

a sum of money by which a person is bound to take responsibility for the appearance in court of another person or himself or herself, forfeited if the person fails to appear
the person or persons so binding themselves; surety
the system permitting release of a person from custody where such security has been takenhe was released on bail
jump bail or formal forfeit bail to fail to appear in court to answer to a charge
stand bail or go bail to act as surety (for someone)

verb (tr)

(often foll by out) to release or obtain the release of (a person) from custody, security having been made
See also bail out

Word Origin for bail

C14: from Old French: custody, from baillier to hand over, from Latin bāiulāre to carry burdens, from bāiulus carrier, of obscure origin

bail

2

bale

/ (beɪl) /

verb

(often foll by out) to remove (water) from (a boat)
Derived Formsbailer or baler, noun

Word Origin for bail

C13: from Old French baille bucket, from Latin bāiulus carrier

bail

3
/ (beɪl) /

noun

cricket either of two small wooden bars placed across the tops of the stumps to form the wicket
agriculture
  1. a partition between stalls in a stable or barn, for horses
  2. a portable dairy house built on wheels or skids
Australian and NZ a framework in a cowshed used to secure the head of a cow during milking

verb

Word Origin for bail

C18: from Old French baile stake, fortification, probably from Latin baculum stick

bail

4

bale

/ (beɪl) /

noun

the semicircular handle of a kettle, bucket, etc
a semicircular support for a canopy
a movable bar on a typewriter that holds the paper against the platen

Word Origin for bail

C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse beygja to bend

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Word Origin and History for bale
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Idioms and Phrases with bale

bail

In addition to the idiom beginning with bail

  • bail out

also see:

  • make bail
  • out on bail
  • skip bail
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