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bail

noun \ ˈbāl \

Definition of bail

: 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


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bail

verb

Definition of bail

transitive verb
1 : to clear (water) from a boat by dipping and throwing over the side usually used with out
  • bailing water out of the boat
2 : to clear water from by dipping and throwing usually used with out
  • had to start bailing out the rowboat
intransitive verb
: bail out 2
  • You can't say he has ever bailed when things got tough, because that's just not true.
  • —Richard Hoffer
  • Before the party moved elsewhere, I bailed, exhausted.
  • —Steve Hirdt

bailer

noun

Origin and Etymology of bail

verbal derivative of 1bail


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bail

noun

Definition of bail

law
1 : the temporary release of a prisoner in exchange for security (see security 2a) given for the prisoner's appearance at a later hearing
  • being held without bail
  • The suspect is now out on bail.
2 : security given for the release of a prisoner on bail
  • Bail was set at $300,000.
  • a motion to reduce bail
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


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bail

verb

Definition of bail

transitive verb
1 : to temporarily release (a prisoner) in exchange for security (see security 2a) given for appearance at a later hearing : to release under bail (see 3bail 1)
2 : to procure the release of by giving bail (see 3bail 2) often used with out
  • Her lawyer bailed her out of jail.
3 : to help from a predicament used with out
  • His parents are always bailing him out of trouble.
  • bail out impoverished countries

bailable

adjective

Origin and Etymology of bail

verbal derivatiave of 3bail


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bail

noun

Definition of bail

1 a : a U-shaped strip used to support something (such as the cover of a wagon or the canopy of a small boat)
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 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


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bail

verb

Definition of bail

transitive verb
: 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


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bail

noun

Definition of bail

chiefly British
: a device for confining or separating animals

Origin and Etymology of bail

perhaps from 5bail

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BAIL Defined for Kids

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bail

verb \ ˈbāl \

Definition of bail for Students

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

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bail

noun

Definition of bail for Students

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

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bail

verb

Definition of bail for Students

bailed; bailing
: 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

noun \ ˈbāl \

legal Definition of bail

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 : 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 : 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
: to flee the jurisdiction while released on bail
make bail
: 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 : to release on bail
2 : to obtain the release of by giving bail often used with out
3 : to place (personal property) under a bailment
  • identity of the article claimed to have been bailed
  • Peet v. Roth Hotel Co., 253 N.W. 546 (1934)
Note: 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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