- 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.
Origin of bale1
- evil; harm; misfortune.
- woe; misery; sorrow.
Origin of bale2
- French name of Basel.
- 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 bail2
- to dip (water) out of a boat, as with a bucket.
- to clear of water by dipping (usually followed by out): to bail out a boat.
- to bail water.
- Also bail·er. a bucket, dipper, or other container used for bailing.
- bail out,
- to make a parachute jump from an airplane.
- to relieve or assist (a person, company, etc.) in an emergency situation, especially a financial crisis: The corporation bailed out its failing subsidiary through a series of refinancing operations.
- to give up on or abandon something, as to evade a responsibility: His partner bailed out before the business failed.
Origin of bail3
Examples from the Web for bales
“Bales is the beginning and not the end,” says Swift of the PTSD cases.Will a Military Panel Show Any Mercy for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales?
August 21, 2013
Whether that message resonates beyond the coverage of Bales case, though, remains to be seen.Bales, Accused of Massacring Afghans, Will Try to Put the War on Trial
January 3, 2013
Bales reportedly showed risk factors for alcohol abuse, including violent behavior while drunk.Pendleton Marines’ Car Crash Raises Questions of Alcohol Abuse in Military
June 17, 2012
Is Bales a rogue soldier with a drinking problem who went off on a killing spree?Military’s Internet Scrub of Robert Bales Data Was a Futile Whitewash Bid
March 26, 2012
Still, the news about Bales struck particularly close to home for the 27-year-old mother of three.Military Wives Rally Around Wife of Accused Afghanistan Shooter Robert Bales
March 22, 2012
The fact remains, that we place the 100 bales at your disposal.
My lawyer tells me, that every bale and every part of the bales must be equal to the sample.
Boxes, bales, parcels and packages of every sort were heaped all about.
Bless your dear heart, we can land our bales there under their very noses!Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
That's the way to get rich, my lass; look after the pieces and the bales'll look after themselves.'Sarah's School Friend
- a large bundle, esp of a raw or partially processed material, bound by ropes, wires, etc, for storage or transportationbale 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
- evil; injury
- woe; suffering; pain
- a variant spelling of bail 2
- a variant spelling of bail 4
- the French name for Basle
- 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)
- (often foll by out) to release or obtain the release of (a person) from custody, security having been made
- (often foll by out) to remove (water) from (a boat)
- cricket either of two small wooden bars placed across the tops of the stumps to form the wicket
- a partition between stalls in a stable or barn, for horses
- 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
- See bail up
- 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 and History for bales
"bond money," late 15c., a sense that apparently developed from that of "temporary release from jail" (into the custody of another, who gives security), recorded from early 15c. That evolved from earlier meaning "captivity, custody" (early 14c.). From Old French baillier "to control, to guard, deliver" (12c.), from Latin bajulare "to bear a burden," from bajulus "porter," of unknown origin. In late 18c. criminal slang, to give leg bail meant "to run away."
"to dip water out of," 1610s, from baile (n.) "small wooden bucket" (mid-14c.), from nautical Old French baille "bucket, pail," from Medieval Latin *bajula (aquae), literally "porter of water," from Latin bajulare "to bear a burden" (see bail (n.1)). To bail out "leave suddenly" (intransitive) is recorded from 1930, originally of airplane pilots. Related: Bailed; bailing.
"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).
"horizontal piece of wood in a cricket wicket," c.1742, originally "any cross bar" (1570s), probably identical with Middle French bail "horizontal piece of wood affixed on two stakes," and with English bail "palisade wall, outer wall of a castle" (see bailey).
"to procure someone's release from prison" (by posting bail), 1580s, from bail (n.1); usually with out. Related: Bailed; bailing.
Idioms and Phrases with bales
In addition to the idiom beginning with bail
- bail out
- make bail
- out on bail
- skip bail