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bail

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What then in love can woman do? If we grow fond they shun us. And when we fly them, they pursue: But leave us when they've won us.
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A bail (def 5)

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Latin bajulare (to carry or bear) via Old French bailler (to deliver or hand over).

Noun

Singular
bail

Plural
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  1. Security, usually a sum of money, exchanged for the release of an arrested person as a guarantee of that person's appearance for trial.
  2. Release from imprisonment on payment of such money.
  3. The person providing such payment.
  4. (cricket) One of the two wooden crosspieces that rest on top of the stumps to form a wicket.
  5. A bucket or scoop used for removing water from a boat etc.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Normally curved handle suspended between sockets as a drawer pull.
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Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to bail

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to bail (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To secure the release of an arrested person by providing bail.
  2. To release a person under such guarantee.
  3. To set free.
  4. (law) To hand over personal property to be held temporarily by another.
  5. (nautical) To remove water from a boat by scooping it out.
Derived terms

(to hand over property to be held by another):

(to set free):

Translations

Etymology 2

by shortening from bail out, which comes from etymology 1

Verb

Infinitive
to bail

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to bail (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (slang) To exit quickly.
    With his engine in flames, the pilot had no choice but to bail out.
  2. (slang): To not attend.
    I'm going to bail on this afternoon's meeting.

Irish

Etymology

From Old Irish bal.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [bˠalʲ]

Noun

bail (f)

  1. prosperity
  2. proper condition, order

Declension

Second declension

Bare forms (no plural form of this noun)

Case Singular
Nominative bail
Vocative a bhail
Genitive baile
Dative bail

Forms with the definite article

Case Singular
Nominative an bhail
Genitive na baile
Dative leis an mbail

don bhail

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