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Bale

Bale \Bale\ (b[=a]l), n. [OE. bale, OF. bale, F. balle, LL. bala, fr. OHG. balla, palla, pallo, G. ball, balle, ballen, ball, round pack; cf. D. baal. Cf. Ball a round body.] A bundle or package of goods in a cloth cover, and corded for storage or transportation; also, a bundle of straw, hay, etc., put up compactly for transportation.

Bale of dice, a pair of dice. [Obs.]
--B. Jonson.

Bale

Bale \Bale\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Baled (b[=a]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Baling.] To make up in a bale.
--Goldsmith.

Bale

Bale \Bale\, v. t. See Bail, v. t., to lade.

Bale

Bale \Bale\ (b[=a]l), n. [AS. bealo, bealu, balu; akin to OS. balu, OHG. balo, Icel. b["o]l, Goth. balweins.]

  1. Misery; calamity; misfortune; sorrow.

    Let now your bliss be turned into bale.
    --Spenser.

  2. Evil; an evil, pernicious influence; something causing great injury. [Now chiefly poetic]

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

bale

I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
hay
▪ David Harper said he became frantic when the hay bales in the barn caught light.
▪ The hay bales caused disagreements as well.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ At the end of the barn he saw a fragment of raincoat material between two bales.
▪ He left off patting Prince and came and sat down on a bale of hay, not looking at me.
▪ Mr Bean was opening out bales of straw making deep beds.
▪ Shipments of cotton rose to 280, 000 bales from 261, 700 bales.
▪ Stack bales like giant bricks to make the walls.
▪ Two of us should manage the bales an' the ovver two can carry down the crates of ornaments.
II.verb
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A.J. Reeves baling out with slight injuries.
▪ Afterwards his men felt that he had waited too long before baling out.
▪ Crews are compressing, baling and then loading the tires on to trucks for a six-hour drive to an Arizona recycler.
▪ It normally took the form of shearing, combining, baling, muck spreading, etc.
▪ Outdoor concerts are fine for country singers, provided they involve cutting and baling hay from the seating areas before hand.
▪ Return in good time to bale out the kitchen and read note reminding you of half-day closing in Muswell Hill.
Wiktionary

bale

Etymology 1 n. 1 evil, especially considered as an active force for destruction or death. 2 suffering, woe, torment. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context obsolete English) A large fire, a conflagration or bonfire. 2 (context archaic English) A funeral pyre. 3 (context archaic English) A beacon-fire. Etymology 3

n. 1 A rounded bundle or package of goods in a cloth cover, and corded for storage or transportation. 2 A bundle of compressed wool or hay, compacted for shipping and handling. 3 A measurement of hay equal to 10 flakes. Approximately 70-90 lbs (32-41 kg). 4 A measurement of paper equal to 10 reams. vb. (context transitive English) To wrap into a bale. Etymology 4

vb. (context British nautical English) To remove water from a boat with buckets etc.

WordNet

bale

  1. n. a large bundle bound for storage or transport

  2. a city in northwestern Switzerland [syn: Basel, Basle]

bale

v. make into a bale; "bale hay"

Wikipedia

Bale

Bale may refer to:

Bale (Konjic)

Bale ( Cyrillic: Бале) is a village in the municipality of Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

bale

"large bundle or package," early 14c., from Old French bale "rolled-up bundle," from Frankish or some other Germanic source (such as Old High German balla "ball"), from Proto-Germanic *ball-, from PIE *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole).

Usage examples of "bale".

Read, ordered four of the crew to bale out over Germany in case Sweden could not be reached, keeping just the bomb aimer to help him cross the Baltic and crash-land near the Swedish town of Ystad.

When I had finished, I loaded it with some chests of rubies, emeralds, ambergris, rock-crystal, and bales of rich stuffs.

It began by us baling out the petrostates as a few years earlier we had baled out Detroit.

So they filled their fantasy world with fabulous machines -- machines that ploughed the sod, cut and baled the grain, even milked the cattle.

Ralph Bales was thirty-nine, muscular, hairy everywhere but on the head.

Ralph Bales and Stevie Flom walked briskly to a stolen black Trans Am with a sporty red racing stripe on the side.

As they drove slowly to the river Ralph Bales watched the aura of lights rising up from St.

Ralph Bales had not been able to see clearly if it was the beer man or not.

Ralph Bales stepped into a phone booth, whose floor was covered with the tiny blue cubes from its four shattered windows.

Now the surface had a rusty sheen to it, mirroring a redness in the sky that came, Ralph Bales believed, from garbage pumped into the air by refineries outside of Wood River, across the Mississippi.

A few minutes later Ralph Bales emerged, slicking back his thinning hair with damp hands.

Lombro had walked up to Ralph Bales and, as the children were cutting the cake, struck up a conversation.

Ralph Bales mentioned, vaguely, unions and shipping companies and waterfront services and Teamsters.

Ralph Bales touched him on the arm in a special way and offered his card.

Ralph Bales let the word float through the room like a puff of cigarette smoke.