Meaning of BALE in English

I. ˈbāl, esp bef pause or cons -āəl noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English bealu, balu; akin to Old High German balo evil, Old Norse böl, Gothic balwa wesei malice, OCornish bal plague, Old Bulgarian bolŭ sick man

1. : great evil : a malign pernicious influence : harm , disaster

gave him a final look, in which Reith read nothing but bale — D.C.Peattie

the day would come when the thunderous shout “Nika!” would mean bale and woe to her — P.I.Wellman

2. : pain or mental suffering : torment , woe , sorrow

bring us bale and bitter sorrowings, instead of comfort, which we should embrace — Edmund Spenser

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English bǣl fire, pyre; akin to Old Norse bāl flame, pyre — more at bald

archaic : a great fire ; especially : a signal fire

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German balla ball — more at ball


a. : a large bundle of goods for storage or transportation ; specifically : a large closely pressed package of merchandise bound with cord, wire, or hoops and usually protected by a wrapping (as of burlap)

a bale of paper

a bale of hay

b. : the amount contained in a bale especially when fixed for a certain commodity and sometimes used as a unit of measure (as in the United States 500 pounds of cotton)

2. archaic : a set usually of three — used of dice

IV. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: bale (III)

: to make up into a bale

loose pulp is baled in units measuring about 18×23×43 inches — H.R.Mauersberger

spend an afternoon baling hay


variant of bail

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