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bale

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noun \ ˈbāl \

Definition of bale

1 :great evil
2 :woe, sorrow
  • … bring us bale and bitter sorrowings …
  • —Edmund Spenser

Origin and Etymology of bale

Middle English, from Old English bealu; akin to Old High German balo evil, Old Church Slavonic bolĭ sick person


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bale

noun

Definition of bale

:a large bundle of goods; specifically :a large closely pressed package of merchandise bound and usually wrapped
  • a bale of paper
  • a bale of hay

Origin and Etymology of bale

Middle English, from Middle French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German balla ball


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bale

verb

Definition of bale

baled; baling
transitive verb
:to make up into a bale
  • in the field baling hay

baler

noun

Origin and Etymology of bale

see 2bale



BALE Defined for Kids

1

bale

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noun \ ˈbāl \

Definition of bale for Students

:a large bundle of goods tightly tied for storing or shipping
  • a bale of cotton

2

bale

verb

Definition of bale for Students

baled; baling
:to press together and tightly tie or wrap into a large bundle

baler

noun


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