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.

Origin of bale

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1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-Latin bala, Anglo-French bale pack, bale < Frankish *balla; compare Old High German balo, akin to balla ball1

OTHER WORDS FROM bale

bale·less, adjectivebal·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for baler (1 of 6)

baler
/ (ˈbeɪlə) /

noun

an agricultural machine for making bales of hay, etcAlso called: baling machine

British Dictionary definitions for baler (2 of 6)

bale1
/ (beɪl) /

noun

verb

See also bail out

Word Origin for bale

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

British Dictionary definitions for baler (3 of 6)

bale2
/ (beɪl) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for baler (4 of 6)

bale3
/ (beɪl) /

verb

a variant spelling of bail 2

British Dictionary definitions for baler (5 of 6)

bale4
/ (beɪl) /

noun

a variant spelling of bail 4

British Dictionary definitions for baler (6 of 6)

Bâle
/ (bɑl) /

noun

the French name for Basle
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