The Collaborative International Dictionary
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.]
Bale \Bale\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Baled (b[=a]ld); p. pr. & vb.
To make up in a bale.
Bale \Bale\, v. t. See Bail, v. t., to lade.
Bale \Bale\ (b[=a]l), n. [AS. bealo, bealu, balu; akin to OS. balu, OHG. balo, Icel. b["o]l, Goth. balweins.]
Misery; calamity; misfortune; sorrow.
Let now your bliss be turned into bale.
Evil; an evil, pernicious influence; something causing great injury. [Now chiefly poetic]
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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.
n. a large bundle bound for storage or transport
a city in northwestern Switzerland [syn: Basel, Basle]
v. make into a bale; "bale hay"
Bale may refer to:
Bale ( Cyrillic: Бале) is a village in the municipality of Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"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.