- 1A bundle of paper, hay, cotton, etc., tightly wrapped and bound with cords or hoops: the fire destroyed 500 bales of hayMore example sentences
- Firefighters remained at the scene through the night and throughout yesterday tackling small pockets of fire in the bales of paper.
- The bales of stamped paper remained unpacked at Castle William; no man being bound to open and distribute them.
- Meanwhile, they burned crops, destroyed railroads and factories and reached Savannah with 25,000 bales of captured cotton.
- 1.1The quantity in a bale as a measure, especially 500 pounds of cotton.More example sentences
- Calculating a ton as 40 bales weighing 50 pounds each, the price per bale would range from $2.25 to $3.80.
- Top cotton yields this year reached three bales - or about 1,500 pounds - per acre, Latham said, with 45,000 acres planted.
- At the Slaton Co-Op, the 500-pound bales continue to roll out.
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- Make (something) into bales: they baled a lot of good hay (as noun baling) most baling and field work have been finishedMore example sentences
- On the other hand, if you want to plow a field, bale hay, pull stumps or exchange implements with neighbors, you'll need a more powerful machine.
- In North Carolina, I did my laundry and hung it outside on a clothesline to dry, while a farmer baled hay in a field next door.
- I baled hay and pulled weeds from soybean fields.
Middle English: probably from Middle Dutch, from Old French; ultimately of Germanic origin and related to ball1.
noun• archaic or • literary
- 1Evil considered as a destructive force.More example sentences
- In earlier days great Carthage suffered bale.
- Enough and to spare of bale is in thy speech.
- 1.1Evil suffered; physical torment or mental suffering.More example sentences
- Let now your bliss be turned into bale.
- I have known too much of bale by this child-bearing.
Old English balu, bealu, of Germanic origin.