There are 4 definitions of bale in English:

bale1

Syllabification: bale
Pronunciation: /bāl
 
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noun

  • 1A bundle of paper, hay, cotton, etc., tightly wrapped and bound with cords or hoops: the fire destroyed 500 bales of hay
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    bundle, bunch, pack, package, parcel
  • 1.1The quantity in a bale as a measure, especially 500 pounds of cotton.
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    • 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.

verb

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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 finished
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    • 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.

Origin

Middle English: probably from Middle Dutch, from Old French; ultimately of Germanic origin and related to ball1.

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There are 4 definitions of bale in English:

bale2

Syllabification: bale
Pronunciation: /
 
bāl/

noun

archaic or • literary
  • 1Evil considered as a destructive force.
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    • 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.
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    • Let now your bliss be turned into bale.
    • I have known too much of bale by this child-bearing.

Origin

Old English balu, bealu, of Germanic origin.

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Bâle

Syllabification: Bâle
Pronunciation: /bäl
 
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