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Meaning of BALE

Pronunciation:  beyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a large bundle bound for storage or transport
  2. [n]  a city in northwestern Switzerland
  3. [v]  make into a bale; "bale hay"

BALE is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: Basel, Basle
 See Also: accumulate, amass, bundle, city, collect, compile, hay bale, hoard, metropolis, pile up, Schweiz, sheaf, Suisse, Svizzera, Swiss Confederation, Switzerland, urban center



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bale\, n. [OE. bale, OF. bale, F. balle, LL. bala, fr.
    OHG. balla, palla, pallo, G. ball, balle, ballen, ball round
    pack; cf. D. baal. Cf. {Ball} a round body.]
    A bundle or package of goods in a cloth cover, and corded for
    storage or transportation; also, a bundle of straw ? hay,
    etc., put up compactly for transportation.
    {Bale of dice}, a pair of dice. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
  2. \Bale\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Baled} (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
    To make up in a bale. --Goldsmith.
  3. \Bale\, v. t.
    See {Bail}, v. t., to lade.
  4. \Bale\ (b[=a]l), n. [AS. bealo, bealu, balu; akin to OS.
    balu, OHG. balo, Icel. b["o]l, Goth. balweins.]
    1. Misery; calamity; misfortune; sorrow.
             Let now your bliss be turned into bale. --Spenser.
    2. Evil; an evil, pernicious influence; something causing
       great injury. [Now chiefly poetic]
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