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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a light/pale colour (=not dark or strong)
▪ Light colours make a room look larger.
a pale moon
▪ Her face glowed in the light of the pale moon.
a pale reflection (=similar to, but not as good as, something else)
▪ The film is only a pale reflection of the book.
dark brown/pale brown
▪ His eyes are dark brown.
dark/light/pale/bright blue
▪ a dark blue raincoat
dark/light/pale/bright green
▪ a dark green dress
deathly cold/white/pale
▪ She was deathly pale, and looked as if she might faint.
deep blue/pale blue
▪ She looked into his deep blue eyes.
▪ The tiny child 's pale blue eyes stared up at her appealingly.
▪ I have fair skin that burns very easily.
light/pale brown
▪ a light brown jacket
pale ale
pale imitation (=something that is much less good than the thing it imitates)
▪ The remake of ‘Casablanca’ was a pale imitation of the original movie.
pale sunshine (=not strong or hot)
▪ It was early spring, and pale sunshine shone on the fields.
pale (=lacking colour and often not healthy)
▪ Her complexion was pale and spotty.
▪ His face suddenly became pale and I thought he was going to faint.
pale/silver moonlight
▪ The hills were bathed in pale moonlight.
sb’s face goes/turns pale (=becomes pale)
▪ I saw her face go pale when he walked in.
▪ He was rather pale, and tended to watch the policemen rather than Ewen.
▪ Connon, rather pale but perfectly composed, wearing a dark suit and a black tie, stood in the open doorway.
▪ Red of juvenile, both on crown and under tail coverts, is rather pale.
▪ Nick just seemed subdued, rather pale, still quite shocked by the crash.
▪ No one would take home a boy who looked like that, so pale and delicate.
▪ She lay asleep, so pale, so thin.
▪ She had looked so pale last night, so still, and incredibly beautiful in her trance-like state.
▪ His face seemed so pale against the dark of her graceful, delicate hand.
▪ To see you go so pale and still?
▪ Petey had a face that glowed in the dark, it was so pale, with funny bumps on his cheeks.
▪ Nobody had ever seen the Manager look so pale and tetchy as the morning after.
▪ He was so pale as to be almost transparent; she could see the bones through the skin.
▪ Her pudgy face was very pale and her eyes looked as bad as Jinny's felt.
▪ He turned very pale, and that gave me a moment of satisfaction.
▪ You are very pale and there are huge bruises under your eyes.
▪ Stick to very pale or clear shades.
▪ Mike's face was very pale.
▪ Sally arrived home late in the evening looking very pale and exhausted.
▪ It was very pale and had no expression, as though expressions were surplus to requirements.
▪ But she also looked, Meredith noticed, very pale and rather subdued.
▪ He threw my dress shirt over it so all was pale blue.
▪ He was wearing pale blue brushed denim pants and a pale blue shirt that made his blue eyes look nearly luminous.
▪ Smaller than Levant Sparrowhawk, with pale cheeks, pale tail and brown on neck.
▪ I reached out to touch its pale cheek.
▪ His pale cheeks had taken on a ruddy glow.
▪ His only movement was in the tears which crept down his pale cheeks.
▪ Ada was a particularly striking young lady, with a pale complexion contrasted by very dark hair.
▪ She has a pale complexion and hazel eyes.
▪ But the pale complexion will be masked in the make-up room.
▪ He could see their pale faces watching Jekub lurch towards them.
▪ Her thick dark hair was swept up in spiraling tiers above a too-thin pale face.
▪ He began to rub his jaw as if he was in pain; his normally pale face had turned white.
▪ Thérèse's eyes glared in her pale face.
▪ He touched it - the tips of his fingers made contact with the pale face.
▪ He stepped back at once, and the sweat of fear was upon his pale face.
▪ He wanted to stretch out and take that pale face between his hands and smooth the lines of grief away.
▪ Her lips were swollen against her pale face and the sight of her distress seemed to infuriate him more.
▪ The rising sun slowly turns the drab greys and dull browns of the mountains to patches of pale gold and dusty pinks.
▪ Penelope saw that the sun was shining, a pale gold in the cool belly of the sky.
▪ Scant make-up was applied, and her pale gold hair was treated to little more than a few vigorous strokes of a brush.
▪ She held a book, reached out to a tall glass of pale gold wine, a twin to Jay's.
▪ Anthony is taking pictures of a faded blue warehouse door on which pink and coral and pale gold stars are hanging.
▪ A wonderful pale gold colour we felt it tasted a bit like a dry sherry.
▪ Her long legs and bare feet are brown; her eyebrows and the down on her arms shine pale gold.
▪ On the wall behind the plant she could just make out irregular painted spirals of pale gold.
▪ The carpet is pale green and scattered with Oriental rugs.
▪ Very pale green spots on the head and white spots on the body over a brown ground color identify this species.
▪ These ribbon-like leaves are pale green, with a prominent midrib and usually two lateral veins on either side.
▪ But every day we see more pastel patches of red, purple, yellow, and pale green of swelling buds.
▪ I think you should wear peach and cream and pale green, sage green, and grey perhaps.
▪ The flowers are a subtle shade of pale green, rimmed in purple as the days go on.
▪ There are two varieties: pale green, or dark green, thinner ones.
▪ The walls were washed a pale green that never looked bright and fresh and clean.
▪ But this time round, they're pathetic, pale imitations of the planet destroyers that went before.
▪ It had been a pale imitation.
▪ These, however, are but a pale imitation of the History file.
▪ To its critics, it became a mild tabloid and a very pale imitation of what was originally intended.
▪ These programs are still only a pale imitation of the original human operators, however.
▪ He looked across the sea: a faint glimmer of pale light was rising in the midnight-blue sky.
▪ The snow which had fallen the night before lay cold and silent, glittering in the strange, pale light.
▪ In the pale light he noticed his servant's face was ashen, covered with a sheen of sweat.
▪ There was a new moon, and its pale light cast soft shadows in the stillness.
▪ As it walked forward Blake saw a hand illuminated by the pale lights.
▪ Outside the moon shone down brightly, casting a weird pale light over the cottages and the trees and fields beyond.
▪ The pale light splashed over them, hesitated, moved back and went off again.
▪ One pale light shone at an upstairs window.
▪ When we left the forest, pale moonlight reflected dimly on the frosty ground and it was easier to see.
▪ In the pale moonlight that night, we celebrated the beer run.
▪ The floor was dappled with pale moonlight, scarcely lighter than the shadows which mingled with it.
▪ She could see him vaguely now, white shirt gleaming in the pale moonlight.
▪ Only the wind and the gravestones, cold in the pale moonlight.
▪ The sort of integrated circuit being used was a pale shadow of the microprocessors that are manufactured today.
▪ If she had tried to present herself and not a pale shadow of Désirée she would have made more impact.
▪ Light from the bathroom filled the area with pale shadows and gave the damaged patches in the mirror an eerie silvery glow.
▪ Try using a paler shadow at the inner corner of the lids and blend to a deeper tone on the outside.
▪ The cottage blocked out the sunlight, seeming to fall over her like a pale shadow.
▪ He said it was a pale shadow of Chris Patten's recommendations for reforming the force.
▪ He was accompanied by a tall, dark-haired girl with pale skin and blue eyes whom he introduced as his fiancée.
▪ Nina had a round face, pale skin and short-cut hair.
▪ He was a stocky, forty-year-old Londoner with a pale skin and crew-cut red hair.
▪ Tall and slender, with pale skin and jet-black hair, she was less outgoing than her older sister.
▪ One was a junior doctor at a London hospital with pale skin and frizzy hair.
▪ The girls' long hair flowing over tight turtle-neck sweaters, eyes darkened against pale skin.
▪ She is a tall, elegant woman with fine cheekbones and smooth pale skin.
pale-faced/round-faced etc
pale blue eyes
▪ a pale complexion
▪ Her dress is pale pink, with a small flowery pattern.
▪ I couldn't get to sleep until I saw the first pale light of dawn.
▪ the pale light of early morning
▪ The banks of the river are bathed in pale moonlight.
▪ The old man's pale blue eyes moved from the dartboard to the bar and then back again.
▪ The sunlight through the thick clouds was pale and cool that morning.
▪ There were dark rings under her eyes and her skin was paler than usual.
▪ You look kind of pale. Are you feeling okay?
▪ And her skin pale pale pale, like that one.
▪ Because of its name and that pale blue the school enjoyed a peculiar indefinable distinction.
▪ Great pale splotches appeared on the once-shining parquet floor where water had leaked in and stood in puddles.
▪ He knelt inside a globe of pale fire, his face lifted to the chains, his eyes closed.
▪ He was pale and natty as ever.
▪ His pale blue eyes were fixed on Sendei's own.
▪ The room, painted a white so fresh that it seemed pale blue, was cool and soothing.
▪ Everything pales in comparison to a creation of this awesome magnitude.
▪ But that pales in comparison to what he brings to this city.
▪ The two disputes he mentioned pale in comparison with others looming on the horizon.
▪ They also prevail in an era where travel abuses pale in comparison to those of earlier years.
▪ Online shopping pales somewhat in comparison, which was the point of Larry Elliott's article.
▪ But the nine goals paled in comparison to the 16-plus average the stars have produced over the past seven games.
▪ Still, encouraging as such capital outlays are, they pale in comparison with Western investment in neighboring countries.
▪ The face that had paled with fright and shock had now flushed.
▪ While the other tour members chatted and compared equipment Mom stood to one side, her face pale under the fluorescent lights.
▪ Miss Clinton's face paled as she listened.
▪ In general, how-ever, these problems pale to insignificance compared to the problem of radioactive waste disposal.
▪ His excruciating pains of confinement make mine pale into humbling insignificance.
▪ But all of this pales into insignificance compared with one major advantage.
▪ Clarence paled visibly. He hated the thought of pain.
▪ But that pales in comparison to what he brings to this city.
▪ I found a plumber, but when he saw the solid fuel monster in the kitchen, he paled visibly.
▪ It was still flowering in November, but the colour had paled to a soft lavender.
▪ It was without end or beginning, paling all emotional experiences into insignificance.
▪ Love seemed to pale in the whirlwind of conflicts I felt.
▪ The luminous star streaks were paling against a milky sky, whose brilliance in-creased moment by moment.
▪ The Mallaig train pulled away from the Clyde valley, leaving the haze-softened lights of Dumbarton paling in a cold February dawn.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ordinary \Or"di*na*ry\, n.; pl. Ordinaries (-r[i^]z).

  1. (Law)

    1. (Roman Law) An officer who has original jurisdiction in his own right, and not by deputation.

    2. (Eng. Law) One who has immediate jurisdiction in matters ecclesiastical; an ecclesiastical judge; also, a deputy of the bishop, or a clergyman appointed to perform divine service for condemned criminals and assist in preparing them for death.

    3. (Am. Law) A judicial officer, having generally the powers of a judge of probate or a surrogate.

  2. The mass; the common run. [Obs.]

    I see no more in you than in the ordinary Of nature's salework.

  3. That which is so common, or continued, as to be considered a settled establishment or institution. [R.]

    Spain had no other wars save those which were grown into an ordinary.

  4. Anything which is in ordinary or common use.

    Water buckets, wagons, cart wheels, plow socks, and other ordinaries.
    --Sir W. Scott.

  5. A dining room or eating house where a meal is prepared for all comers, at a fixed price for the meal, in distinction from one where each dish is separately charged; a table d'h[^o]te; hence, also, the meal furnished at such a dining room.

    All the odd words they have picked up in a coffeehouse, or a gaming ordinary, are produced as flowers of style.

    He exacted a tribute for licenses to hawkers and peddlers and to ordinaries.

  6. (Her.) A charge or bearing of simple form, one of nine or ten which are in constant use. The bend, chevron, chief, cross, fesse, pale, and saltire are uniformly admitted as ordinaries. Some authorities include bar, bend sinister, pile, and others. See Subordinary. In ordinary.

    1. In actual and constant service; statedly attending and serving; as, a physician or chaplain in ordinary. An ambassador in ordinary is one constantly resident at a foreign court.

    2. (Naut.) Out of commission and laid up; -- said of a naval vessel.

      Ordinary of the Mass (R. C. Ch.), the part of the Mass which is the same every day; -- called also the canon of the Mass.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., from Old French paile "pale, light-colored" (12c., Modern French pâle), from Latin pallidus "pale, pallid, wan, colorless," from pallere "be pale, grow pale," from PIE *pel- (2) "pale" (see pallor). Pale-face, supposed North American Indian word for "European," is attested from 1822.


early 13c. (c.1200 in Anglo-Latin), "stake, pole, stake for vines," from Old French pal and directly from Latin palus "stake, prop, wooden post," related to pangere "to fix or fasten" (see pact).\n

\nFrom late 14c. as "fence of pointed stakes;" figurative sense of "limit, boundary, restriction" is from c.1400. Barely surviving in beyond the pale and similar phrases. Meaning "the part of Ireland under English rule" is from 1540s, via sense of "territory held by power of a nation or people" (mid-15c.).


late 14c., "become pale; appear pale" (also, in Middle English, "to make pale"), from Old French paleir (12c.) or from pale (adj.). Related: Paled; paling.


Etymology 1

  1. 1 light in color. 2 (lb en of human skin) Having a pallor (a light color, especially due to sickness, shock, fright etc.). n. (context obsolete English) Paleness; pallor. v

  2. 1 (context intransitive English) To turn pale; to lose colour. 2 (context intransitive English) To become insignificant. 3 (context transitive English) To make pale; to diminish the brightness of. Etymology 2

    n. 1 A wooden stake; a picket. 2 (context archaic English) fence made from wooden stake; palisade. 3 (context by extension English) limit, bounds (especially before (term of English)). 4 The bounds of morality, good behaviour or judgment in civilized company, in the phrase ''beyond the pale''. 5 (context heraldiccharge English) A vertical band down the middle of a shield. 6 (context archaic English) A territory or defensive area within a specific boundary or under a given jurisdiction. 7 # (context historical English) The parts of Ireland under English jurisdiction. 8 # (context historical English) The territory around (w: Calais) under English control (from the 14th to 16th centuries). 9 # (context historical English) A portion of Russia in which Jews were permitted to live. 10 (context archaic English) The jurisdiction (territorial or otherwise) of an authority. 11 A cheese scoop. 12 A shore for bracing a timber before it is fastened. vb. To enclose with pales, or as if with pales; to encircle or encompass; to fence off.


n. a wooden strip forming part of a fence [syn: picket]


v. turn pale, as if in fear [syn: blanch, blench]

  1. adj. very light colored; highly diluted with white; "pale seagreen"; "pale blue eyes"

  2. (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble; "the pale light of a half moon"; "a pale sun"; "the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street"; "a pallid sky"; "the pale (or wan) stars"; "the wan light of dawn" [syn: pallid, wan]

  3. lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness; "a pale rendition of the aria"; "pale prose with the faint sweetness of lavender"; "a pallid performance" [syn: pallid]

  4. abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress; "the pallid face of the invalid"; "her wan face suddenly flushed" [syn: pallid, wan]

  5. not full or rich; "high, pale, pure and lovely song"


''' Palé ''' is a town and sub-prefecture in the Nzérékoré Prefecture in the Nzérékoré Region of Guinea.

Pale (Greyhawk)

In the World of Greyhawk campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, the Pale, properly known as the Theocracy of the Pale, is a political state situated in the Old Aerdy West region of the Flanaess, west of the Rakers.

Pale (river)

The Pale is a river in Viljandi County, Estonia.

Category:Rivers of Estonia Category:Landforms of Viljandi County

Pale (Srebrenica)

Pale is a village in the municipality of Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Pale (album)

Pale is a 1990 album by American alternative rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket, and the band's second album. It was recorded independently in 1989 for roughly $6000. During the recording of Pale, the band signed with Columbia Records. However, they declined to re-record any of the album in a more polished way. Columbia released the album without alterations, as it had done with the 1989 re-release of their debut 1988 album Bread & Circus. Pale was released in January 1990. "Come Back Down" was the first radio single for the album.

In May 2009, the band announced plans to re-release Pale, out of print since 2001, in a remastered edition with expanded artwork and bonus tracks culled from the album sessions that didn't make it onto the album. Their debut, Bread & Circus would also get the same kind of re-issue. In 2010 the band signed a deal with Primary Wave to handle their back catalog and licensing. These reissues occurred in 2011.

Pale (heraldry)

A pale is a term used in heraldic blazon and vexillology to describe a charge on a coat of arms (or flag), that takes the form of a band running vertically down the center of the shield. Writers broadly agree that the width of the pale ranges from about one-fifth to about one-third of the width of the shield, but this width is not fixed. A narrow pale is more likely if it is uncharged, that is, if it does not have other objects placed on it. If charged, the pale is typically wider to allow room for the objects drawn there.

The pale is one of the ordinaries in heraldry, along with the bend, chevron, fess, and chief. There are several other ordinaries and sub-ordinaries.

The word pale originally referred to a picket (a piece of wood much taller than it is wide such as is used to build a picket fence) and it is from the resemblance to this that the heraldic pale derives its name.

Usage examples of "pale".

But your far song, my faint one, what are they, And what their dance and faery thoughts and ours, Or night abloom with splendid stars and pale?

She often returned home pale and silent, having reached the uttermost depths of human abomination, and never daring to say all.

His complexion was marred by angry purple and red acne and his eyes were very pale blue.

Seward rose from his sick-bed, pale, emaciated, and sorrowful, to persuade his associates in the Government, of the wisdom and necessity of adopting them.

It was there by virtue of its selfness, adrift in the same waxen pale as himself.

The clouds paled, turned rosy for a moment with the afterglow, then deepened into purple gloom.

Short and pale in lace-trimmed gray slashed with blue, she was all cool ageless elegance and confident smile.

There are groups of women of every age, decked out in their smartest clothes, crowds of mousmes with aigrettes of flowers in their hair, or little silver topknots like Oyouki--pretty little physiognomies, little, narrow eyes peeping between their slits like those of new-born kittens, fat, pale, little cheeks, round, puffed-out, half-opened lips.

The carriage turned onto a cross street and they passed an open gate, Alec glimpsed an expanse of open ground and beyond it a sprawling edifice of pale grey stone decorated along the battlements with patterns of black and white.

A pale face appeared at the bars and Alec experienced a familiar sense of incongruity.

The road ran along the crest of it and Alec could see water on either side: the Osiat steely dark, the shallow Inner Sea a paler blue.

She wore four rings, green peridot and red almandine on her left hand, pale blue topaz and red-green alexandrite on her right.

Tedford carried in his almanac, back at his campsite, his membership card in the Melbourne Scientific Society and his only photograph of his brother: a murky rendering of a tall, sweet-looking boy with pale hair.

She watched the two Amar stirring the gravel a minute more, then wandered about a large pile of rock to stand beside the hot spring, watching purple bubbles pop and pale purple mists glide across the seething water.

The pale, exquisite body seemed quite empty like an anencephalic clone grown in a transplant tank.