—baleless, adj. —baler, n./bayl/, n., v., baled, baling.n.1. a large bundle or package prepared for shipping, storage, or sale, esp. one tightly compressed and secured by wires, hoops, cords, or the like, and sometimes having a wrapping or covering: a bale of cotton; a bale of hay.2. a group of turtles.v.t.3. to make or form into bales: to bale wastepaper for disposal.bale2/bayl/, n. Archaic.1. evil; harm; misfortune.2. woe; misery; sorrow.[bef. 1000; ME; OE bealu, balu; c. ON bol, OS balu, OHG balo, Goth balw-; akin to Russ bol' pain, OCS bolu ill]bale3/bayl/, n.bail2.bale4/bayl/, v.t., v.i., baled, baling.bail3 (defs. 1-3).
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