bale
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /beɪ̯l/, [ˈbeɪ̯(ə)ɫ], [beə̯ɫ]
Noun

bale (uncountable)

  1. Evil, especially considered as an active force for destruction or death.
  2. Suffering, woe, torment.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.7:
      That other swayne, like ashes deadly pale, / Lay in the lap of death, rewing his wretched bale.
    • c. 1608, William Shakespeare, Coriolanus (Act I, Scene 1):
      "Rome and her rats are at the point of battle; / The one side must have bale."
Noun

bale (plural bales)

  1. (obsolete) A large fire, a conflagration or bonfire.
  2. (archaic) A funeral pyre.
  3. (archaic) A beacon-fire.
Noun

bale (plural bales)

  1. A rounded bundle or package of goods in a cloth cover, and corded for storage or transportation.
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 563:
      So having made up my mind, I packed up in bales a quantity of precious stuffs suited for sea-trade and repaired with them from Baghdad-city to Bassorah-town, where I found ship ready for sea, and in her a company of considerable merchants.
  2. A bundle of compressed wool or hay, compacted for shipping and handling.
  3. A measurement of hay equal to 10 flakes. Approximately 70-90 lbs (32-41 kg).
  4. A measurement of paper equal to 10 reams.
Translations Translations Translations Translations Verb

bale (bales, present participle baling; past and past participle baled)

  1. (transitive) To wrap into a bale.
Translations Verb

bale (bales, present participle baling; past and past participle baled)

  1. (British, nautical) To remove water from a boat with buckets etc.

Bale
Proper noun
  1. Surname
Proper noun
  1. A municipality in Croatia.



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