Bâle

[bahl]
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British Dictionary definitions for bâle

Bâle

noun
  1. the French name for Basle

bale

1
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 for bale

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

bale

2
noun archaic
  1. evil; injury
  2. woe; suffering; pain

Word Origin for bale

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

bale

3
verb
  1. a variant spelling of bail 2

bale

4
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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