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bail

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noun \ˈbāl\

Definition of bail

  1. :  a container used to remove water from a boat



Origin of bail

Middle English baille, from Anglo-French, bucket, from Medieval Latin bajula water vessel, from feminine of Latin bajulus porter, carrier


First Known Use: 14th century


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bail

verb

Definition of bail

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to clear (water) from a boat by dipping and throwing over the side —usually used with out

  3. 2 :  to clear water from by dipping and throwing —usually used with out

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  bail out 2

bail·er noun


1613

First Known Use of bail

1613


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bail

noun

Definition of bail

  1. 1 :  the temporary release of a prisoner in exchange for security given for the due appearance of the prisoner

  2. 2 :  security given for the release of a prisoner on bail

  3. 3 :  one who provides bail



Origin of bail

Middle English, custody, bail, from Anglo-French, literally, handing over, delivery, from baillier to give, entrust, hand over, from Latin bajulare to carry a burden, from bajulus porter, carrier


First Known Use: 15th century


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bail

verb

Definition of bail

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to release under bail

  3. 2 :  to procure the release of by giving bail —often used with out

  4. 3 :  to help from a predicament —used with out <bailing out impoverished countries>

bail·able adjective


1548

First Known Use of bail

1548


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bail

noun

Definition of bail

  1. 1 a :  a supporting half hoop b :  a hinged bar for holding paper against the platen of a typewriter

  2. 2 :  a usually arched handle (as of a kettle or pail)



Origin of bail

Middle English beil, baile, probably from Old English *begel, *bygel; akin to Middle Dutch beughel iron ring, hilt guard; akin to Old English būgan to bend — more at bow


First Known Use: 15th century


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bail

verb

Definition of bail

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to deliver (personal property) in trust to another for a special purpose and for a limited period



Origin of bail

Anglo-French baillier


First Known Use: 1768


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bail

noun

Definition of bail

chiefly British

  1. :  a device for confining or separating animals



Origin of bail

perhaps from 5bail


First Known Use: 1844

Other Animal Husbandry Terms



BAIL Defined for Kids

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bail

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verb \ˈbāl\

Definition of bail

bailedbail·ing

  1. :  to dip and throw out water (as from a boat)

bail out
  1. :  to jump out of an airplane




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bail

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noun

Definition of bail

  1. :  money given to free a prisoner until his or her trial




3

bail

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verb

Definition of bail

bailedbailing

  1. :  to get the release of (a prisoner) by giving money as a guarantee of the prisoner's return for trial





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