There are 4 main 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 main 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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verb

British
Variant spelling of bail3.

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Bâle4

Syllabification: Bâle
Pronunciation: /bäl
 
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French name for Basle.

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