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Meaning of BAIL

Pronunciation:  beyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the legal system that allows an accused person to be temporarily released from custody (usually on condition that a sum of money guarantees their appearance at trial); "he is out on bail"
  2. [n]  (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial; "the judge set bail at $10,000"; "a $10,000 bond was furnished by an alderman"
  3. [v]  remove (water) from a vessel with a container
  4. [v]  empty (a vessel) by bailing
  5. [v]  secure the release of (someone) by providing security
  6. [v]  deliver something in trust to somebody for a special purpose and for a limited period
  7. [v]  release after a security has been paid

BAIL is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bail bond, bond
 See Also: deliver, empty, free, get in, guarantee, hand over, legal system, liberate, loose, recognisance, recognizance, release, remove, render, take, take away, turn in, unloose, unloosen, vouch, withdraw



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bail\, n. [F. baille a bucket, pail; cf. LL. bacula, dim.
    of bacca a sort of vessel. Cf. {Bac}.]
    A bucket or scoop used in bailing water out of a boat. [Obs.]
          The bail of a canoe . . . made of a human skull.
                                                   --Capt. Cook.
  2. \Bail\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bailed} (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To lade; to dip and throw; -- usually with out; as, to
       bail water out of a boat.
             Buckets . . . to bail out the water.  --Capt. J.
    2. To dip or lade water from; -- often with out to express
       completeness; as, to bail a boat.
             By the help of a small bucket and our hats we bailed
             her out.                              --R. H. Dana,
  3. \Bail\, v.?t. [OF. bailler to give, to deliver, fr. L.
    bajulare to bear a burden, keep in custody, fr. bajulus ? who
    bears burdens.]
    1. To deliver; to release. [Obs.]
             Ne none there was to rescue her, ne none to bail.
    2. (Law)
       (a) To set free, or deliver from arrest, or out of
           custody, on the undertaking of some other person or
           persons that he or they will be responsible for the
           appearance, at a certain day and place, of the person
    Note: The word is applied to the magistrate or the surety.
          The magistrate bails (but admits to bail is commoner) a
          man when he liberates him from arrest or imprisonment
          upon bond given with sureties. The surety bails a
          person when he procures his release from arrest by
          giving bond for his appearance. --Blackstone.
       (b) To deliver, as goods in trust, for some special object
           or purpose, upon a contract, expressed or implied,
           that the trust shall be faithfully executed on the
           part of the bailee, or person intrusted; as, to bail
           cloth to a tailor to be made into a garment; to bail
           goods to a carrier. --Blackstone. Kent.
  4. \Bail\, n. [OF. bail guardian, administrator, fr. L.
    bajulus. See {Bail} to deliver.]
    1. Custody; keeping. [Obs.]
             Silly Faunus now within their bail.   --Spenser.
    2. (Law)
       (a) The person or persons who procure the release of a
           prisoner from the custody of the officer, or from
           imprisonment, by becoming surely for his appearance in
                 The bail must be real, substantial bondsmen.
                 A. and B. were bail to the arrest in a suit at
                 law.                              --Kent.
       (b) The security given for the appearance of a prisoner in
           order to obtain his release from custody of the
           officer; as, the man is out on bail; to go bail for
           any one.
                 Excessive bail ought not to be required.
  5. \Bail\, n. [OE. beyl; cf. Dan. b["o]ile an bending, ring,
    hoop, Sw. b["o]gel, bygel, and Icel. beyla hump, swelling,
    akin to E. bow to bend.]
    1. The arched handle of a kettle, pail, or similar vessel,
       usually movable. --Forby.
    2. A half hoop for supporting the cover of a carrier's wagon,
       awning of a boat, etc.
  6. \Bail\, n. [OF. bail, baille. See {Bailey}.]
    1. (Usually pl.) A line of palisades serving as an exterior
       defense. [Written also {bayle}.] [Obs.]
    2. The outer wall of a feudal castle. Hence: The space
       inclosed by it; the outer court. --Holinshed.
    3. A certain limit within a forest. [Eng.]
    4. A division for the stalls of an open stable.
    5. (Cricket) The top or cross piece ( or either of the two
       cross pieces) of the wicket.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are making bail, symbolizes your need to accept help in your business dealings. This dream is trying to make you acknowledge that it is perfectly all right to accept a helping hand.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: Money or other security (such as a bail bond) provided to the court to temporarily allow a person's release from jail and assure their appearance in court. "Bail" and "Bond" are often used interchangeably. (Applies mainly to state courts.)
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: arraignment, bond, bucket, charge, cup, decant, dip, dish, dish out, dish up, earnest, earnest money, escrow, fork, gage, guaranty, handsel, hock, hostage, impeachment, indictment, information, lade, ladle, mainprise, pawn, pignus, pledge, pour, presentment, recognizance, replevin, replevy, scoop, security, shovel, spade, spoon, surety, token payment, true bill, undertaking, vadimonium, vadium, warranty