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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 and Etymology 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

bailer

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 and Etymology 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>

bailable

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 and Etymology 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 and Etymology 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 and Etymology 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 for Students

bailed

bailing

  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 for Students

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




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bail

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verb

Definition of bail for Students

bailed

bailing

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




Law Dictionary

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bail

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noun \ˈbāl\

Legal Definition of bail

  1. 1 :  the temporary release of a prisoner in exchange for security given for the prisoner's appearance at a later hearing <while free on bail>

  2. 2 :  the security given for a prisoner's release; also :  the amount or terms of the security <excessive bail shall not be required — U.S. Constitution amend. VIII> <posted cash bail> <motion to reduce bail>

  3. 3 :  one who provides bail and is liable for the released prisoner's appearance <bail may arrest or authorize arrest of principal — Code of Alabama>

jump bail

  1. :  to flee the jurisdiction while released on bail

make bail

  1. :  to be released on bail



Origin and Etymology of bail

Anglo-French, act of handing over, delivery of a prisoner into someone's custody in exchange for security, from bailler to hand over, entrust, from Old French, from Latin bajulare to carry (a burden)


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bail

transitive verb

Legal Definition of bail

  1. 1 :  to release on bail

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

  3. 3 :  to place (personal property) under a bailment <identity of the article claimed to have been bailedPeet v. Roth Hotel Co., 253 N.W. 546 (1934)>



Additional Notes on bail

Property is usually bailed by putting it temporarily in the custody of another for a specific purpose, as safekeeping or delivery to a third party.



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