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See also Bâle

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Old English bealo, from Germanic *balwo. Cognate with Old High German balo (destruction), Old Norse bǫl (disaster).

Noun

Singular
bale

Plural
-

bale (-)
  1. Evil, especially considered as an active force for destruction or death.
  2. Suffering, woe, torment.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

Old English bǣl, from Germanic *bālo, from Proto-Indo-European. Cognate with Old Norse bál (which may have been the direct source for the English word).

Noun

Singular
bale

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

Etymology 3

Precise derivation uncertain: perhaps from Old French bale, balle, from Mediaeval Latin balla (ball, rounded package); or perhaps from Flemish bale (modern Dutch baal), itself borrowed from French.

Noun

Singular
bale

Plural
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  1. A rounded bundle or package of goods in a cloth cover, and corded for storage or transportation; a bundle of compressed wool or hay, compacted for shipping and handling.
  2. A measurement of hay equal to 10 flakes. Approximately 70-90 lbs (32-41 kg).
  3. A measurement of paper equal to 10 reams.

Verb

Infinitive
to bale

Third person singular
bal

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to bale (third-person singular simple present bal, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To wrap into a bale.

Etymology 4

Alternative spelling of bail

Verb

Infinitive
to bale

Third person singular
bal

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to bale (third-person singular simple present bal, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (UK, nautical) To remove water from a boat with buckets etc.

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Turkish

Noun

bale

  1. ballet

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