1 a large bundle bound for storage or transport
- Rhymes: -eɪl
Etymology 1Old English bealo, from Germanic *balwo. Cognate with Old High German balo ‘destruction’, Old Norse bǫl ‘disaster’.
Etymology 2Old English bǣl, from Germanic *bālo, from Indo-European. Cognate with Old Norse bál (which may have been the direct source for the English word).
Etymology 3Precise 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.
- 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.
- A measurement of hay equal to 10 flakes. Approximately 70-90 lbs (32-41 kg).
- A measurement of paper equal to 10 reams.
- To wrap into a bale.
Etymology 4Alternative spelling of bail.
Bale can refer to any of the following:
- Hay bale or straw bale, in farming, bound by a baler
- Paper bale, a unit of paper measurement equal to ten reams
- A compressed package of any one of a variety of textiles, such as
- 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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