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1bail

noun \ˈbāl\

Definition of BAIL

:  a container used to remove water from a boat
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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

2bail

verb

Definition of BAIL

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

First Known Use of BAIL

1613

3bail

noun

Definition of BAIL

1
:  the temporary release of a prisoner in exchange for security given for the due appearance of the prisoner
2
:  security given for the release of a prisoner on bail
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

4bail

verb

Definition of BAIL

transitive verb
1
:  to release under bail
2
:  to procure the release of by giving bail —often used with out
3
:  to help from a predicament —used with out <bailing out impoverished countries>
bail·able adjective

First Known Use of BAIL

1548

5bail

noun

Definition of BAIL

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

6bail

verb

Definition of BAIL

transitive verb
:  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

7bail

noun

Definition of BAIL

chiefly British
:  a device for confining or separating animals

Origin of BAIL

perhaps from 5bail
First Known Use: 1844

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut
BAILED Defined for Kids

1bail

verb \ˈbāl\
bailedbail·ing

Definition of BAIL for Kids

:  to dip and throw out water (as from a boat)
bail out
:  to jump out of an airplane

2bail

noun

Definition of BAIL for Kids

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

3bail

verb
bailedbailing

Definition of BAIL for Kids

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

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