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.
Origin of bale
1350–1400;Middle English < Anglo-Latinbala,Anglo-Frenchbale pack, bale < Frankish*balla; compare Old High Germanbalo, akin to ballaball1
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).