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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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  • bail from (Middle English):

    The spelling bail represents several different words. The one meaning ‘temporary release of an accused person’ came via French from Latin bajulare, ‘to bear a burden’, and is related to bailiff (Middle English), someone who bears the burden of responsibility. The Latin word is also ultimately the source of bail (in Britain also spelled bale) meaning ‘to scoop water out of a boat’. The bailey (Middle English) or outer wall of a castle has a quite different origin, but it is connected with the third bail, a crosspiece on a cricket stump: originally this bail meant the same as bailey. The ultimate origin of both of these appears to be Latin baculum, ‘a rod or stick’ which developed the sense ‘palisade’ in French. Bailing out from an aircraft may be a development of the ‘to scoop water’ sense. It was at first spelled bale out, though, and could come from the idea of letting a bale of straw though a trapdoor in a barn. The first written record dates from 1930. This sort of bale (Middle English) has the basic idea of something bundled and is related to ball.

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Pronunciation: /beɪl
 
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noun

[mass noun] archaic
1Evil considered as a destructive force.
Example sentences
  • In earlier days great Carthage suffered bale.
  • Enough and to spare of bale is in thy speech.
1.1Evil suffered; physical or mental torment.
Example sentences
  • 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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  • bail from (Middle English):

    The spelling bail represents several different words. The one meaning ‘temporary release of an accused person’ came via French from Latin bajulare, ‘to bear a burden’, and is related to bailiff (Middle English), someone who bears the burden of responsibility. The Latin word is also ultimately the source of bail (in Britain also spelled bale) meaning ‘to scoop water out of a boat’. The bailey (Middle English) or outer wall of a castle has a quite different origin, but it is connected with the third bail, a crosspiece on a cricket stump: originally this bail meant the same as bailey. The ultimate origin of both of these appears to be Latin baculum, ‘a rod or stick’ which developed the sense ‘palisade’ in French. Bailing out from an aircraft may be a development of the ‘to scoop water’ sense. It was at first spelled bale out, though, and could come from the idea of letting a bale of straw though a trapdoor in a barn. The first written record dates from 1930. This sort of bale (Middle English) has the basic idea of something bundled and is related to ball.

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verb

British
Variant spelling of bail3.

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Bâle4

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French name for Basle.

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