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.
to make or form into bales: to bale wastepaper for disposal.
- baleless, adjective
- baler, noun
Other definitions for bale (2 of 5)
evil; harm; misfortune.
woe; misery; sorrow.
Other definitions for bale (3 of 5)
Other definitions for bale (4 of 5)
a spelling variant of bail3 (defs. 1, 2, 4).
Other definitions for Bâle (5 of 5)
French name of Basel.
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How to use bale in a sentence
After curing, it is baled and sent to Europe, where it is manufactured into smoking tobacco.
After curing, it is removed to the packing house and baled in packages, and then transported on mules to the coast for shipping.
The planters cure by air-drying in sheds, and afterwards it is tied up in hands and baled for export.
To him it was a baling tin; here there were no boats to be baled out—where was the use of it?The Beach of Dreams | H. De Vere Stacpoole
The first mate meantime baled out the other quarter boat, and in like manner provisioned and stored her.Peter the Whaler | W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for bale (1 of 5)
a large bundle, esp of a raw or partially processed material, bound by ropes, wires, etc, for storage or transportation: bale of hay
a large package or carton of goods
US 500 pounds of cotton
a group of turtles
Australian and NZ See wool bale
to make (hay, etc) into a bale or bales
to put (goods) into packages or cartons
Australian and NZ to pack and compress (wool) into wool bales
- See also bail out
British Dictionary definitions for bale (2 of 5)
woe; suffering; pain
British Dictionary definitions for bale (3 of 5)
a variant spelling of bail 2
British Dictionary definitions for bale (4 of 5)
a variant spelling of bail 4
British Dictionary definitions for Bâle (5 of 5)
the French name for Basle
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