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Dictionary Definition

bale

Noun

1 a large bundle bound for storage or transport
2 a city in northwestern Switzerland [syn: Basel, Basle] v : make into a bale; "bale hay"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

/beɪl/

Homophones

bail

Etymology 1

Old English bealo, from Germanic *balwo. Cognate with Old High German balo ‘destruction’, Old Norse bǫl ‘disaster’.

Noun

  1. Evil, especially considered as an active force for destruction or death.
  2. Suffering, woe, torment.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

Old English bǣl, from Germanic *bālo, from Indo-European. Cognate with Old Norse bál (which may have been the direct source for the English word).

Noun

  1. A large fire, a conflagration or bonfire.
  2. A funeral pyre.
  3. A beacon-fire.
Derived terms

Etymology 3

Precise derivation uncertain: perhaps from Old French bale, balle, from mediaeval Latin balla ‘ball, rounded package’; or perhaps from Flemish bale (modern Dutch baal), itself borrowed from French.

Noun

  1. A rounded bundle or package of goods in a cloth cover, and corded for storage or transportation; a bundle of compressed wool or hay, compacted for shipping and handling.
  2. A measurement of hay equal to 10 flakes. Approximately 70-90 lbs (32-41 kg).
  3. A measurement of paper equal to 10 reams.

Verb

  1. To wrap into a bale.

Etymology 4

Alternative spelling of bail.

Verb

  1. (nautical) To remove water from a boat with buckets etc.

Anagrams

Turkish

Noun

bale

Extensive Definition

Bale can refer to any of the following:

Places

People

Industrial packaging

Other

  • Akar-Bale language
  • bale, an archaic synonym for evil
  • bale, a bale of rocks, which is a group of rocks.
  • to "bale out" is to exit an airborne aircraft while wearing a parachute (presumably from the resemblance of a backpack parachute to a hay bale). Also spelled bail (as in exiting an untenable situation.)
  • Bale, also spelt bail, to mess up a skateboarding move while performing it. Also known as a Bail/Bale Out.
  • Bale, also spelt bail. A jewellery findings item (jewellery findings are components regularly used in the manufacture of jewellery). A bale is a component which is used to attach or suspend a pendant or similar from a chain or other item. A bale will commonly be in the form of a triangular loop which can be clipped or soldered on to a ring.

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