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
If so, the bale of causes would include the playoff era and the social media and the group texts and the shrinking world.The College Football Playoff has become an exclusive club. West Coast schools not invited. | Chuck Culpepper | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
The relatively minimal draw weights for these bows means that a hay bale with a few dots spray-painted on it will work just fine.
Unfortunately, you can't hold together a high-tech oil drilling economy with baling wire and chewing gum.
The leaves are gathered when ripe, and are dried and well-assorted before baling.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
In Turkey, the tobacco after remaining in the dwelling-room of the house a sufficient time, is ready for baling.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Another use of mats is in the baling of two of the staple products of the Philippines, tobacco and abaca.Philippine Mats | Hugo H. Miller
The Bontoc Peninsula of Tayabas produces great quantities of baling mats and bayons.Philippine Mats | Hugo H. Miller
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
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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