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Meaning of PALE

Pronunciation:  peyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a wooden strip forming part of a fence
  2. [adj]  abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress; "the pallid face of the invalid"; "her wan face suddenly flushed"
  3. [adj]  lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness; "a pale rendition of the aria"; "pale prose with the faint sweetness of lavender"; "a pallid performance"
  4. [adj]  very light colored; highly diluted with white; "pale seagreen"; "pale blue eyes"
  5. [adj]  not full or rich; "high, pale, pure and lovely song"
  6. [adj]  (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble; "the pale light of a half moon"; "a pale sun"; "the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street"; "a pallid sky"; "the pale (or wan) stars"; "the wan light of dawn"
  7. [v]  turn pale, as if in fear

PALE is a 4 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: blanch, blench, colorless, colourless, light, light-colored, pallid, picket, thin, wan, weak
 See Also: color, colour, discolor, discolour, paling, picket fence, strip



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pale\, a. [Compar. {Paler}; superl. {Palest}.] [F.
    p[^a]le, fr. p[^a]lir to turn pale, L. pallere to be o? look
    pale. Cf. {Appall}, {Fallow}, {pall}, v. i., {Pallid}.]
    1. Wanting in color; not ruddy; dusky white; pallid; wan; as,
       a pale face; a pale red; a pale blue. ``Pale as a forpined
       ghost.'' --Chaucer.
             Speechless he stood and pale.         --Milton.
             They are not of complexion red or pale. --T.
    2. Not bright or brilliant; of a faint luster or hue; dim;
       as, the pale light of the moon.
             The night, methinks, is but the daylight sick; It
             looks a little paler.                 --Shak.
    Note: Pale is often used in the formation of self-explaining
          compounds; as, pale-colored, pale-eyed, pale-faced,
          pale-looking, etc.
  2. \Pale\, n.
    Paleness; pallor. [R.] --Shak.
  3. \Pale\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Paled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To turn pale; to lose color or luster. --Whittier.
          Apt to pale at a trodden worm.           --Mrs.
  4. \Pale\, v. t.
    To make pale; to diminish the brightness of.
          The glow?worm shows the matin to be near, And gins to
          pale his uneffectual fire.               --Shak.
  5. \Pale\, n. [F. pal, fr. L. palus: cf. D. paal. See {Pol?} a
    stake, and lst {Pallet}.]
    1. A pointed stake or slat, either driven into the ground, or
       fastened to a rail at the top and bottom, for fencing or
       inclosing; a picket.
             Deer creep through when a pale tumbles down.
    2. That which incloses or fences in; a boundary; a limit; a
       fence; a palisade. ``Within one pale or hedge.''
       --Robynson (More's Utopia).
    3. A space or field having bounds or limits; a limited region
       or place; an inclosure; -- often used figuratively. ``To
       walk the studious cloister's pale.'' --Milton. ``Out of
       the pale of civilization.'' --Macaulay.
    4. A stripe or band, as on a garment. --Chaucer.
    5. (Her.) One of the greater ordinaries, being a broad
       perpendicular stripe in an escutcheon, equally distant
       from the two edges, and occupying one third of it.
    6. A cheese scoop. --Simmonds.
    7. (Shipbuilding) A shore for bracing a timber before it is
    {English pale} (Hist.), the limits or territory within which
       alone the English conquerors of Ireland held dominion for
       a long period after their invasion of the country in 1172.
  6. \Pale\, v. t.
    To inclose with pales, or as with pales; to encircle; to
    encompass; to fence off.
          [Your isle, which stands] ribbed and paled in With
          rocks unscalable and roaring waters.     --Shak.
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