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Pronunciation: /beɪl
 
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noun

  • 1A large wrapped or bound bundle of paper, hay, or cotton: 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, truss, bunch, pack, package, parcel, load
  • 1.1The quantity in a bale as a measure, specifically (in the US) 500 lb of cotton: world cotton consumption was a record 86 m bales
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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 up into bales: the straw is left on the field to be baled later
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    • He said that ‘an increase of only 25 kg in Dry Matter per bale will pay for 2 extra layers of film due to the reduced number to be baled & wrapped.’
    • Paper is the major waste material, which is baled and packaged here and sold to recycling companies abroad.
    • Once back at the depot the foil is sorted and baled by volunteer workers from the Edington Centre, a day centre for adults with special educational needs.

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:

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[mass noun] archaic
  • 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 or mental torment.
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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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