bale


bale
bale1
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.
[1350-1400; ME < AL bala, AF bale pack, bale < Frankish *balla; cf. OHG balo, akin to balla BALL1]
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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Universalium. 2010.

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