There are 3 definitions of bale in English:


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Pronunciation: /beɪl


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.
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.


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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.


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

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