the pale wood of the table
The walls were painted a pale blue.
She has a pale complexion.
Her illness had left her pale and weak.
She grew pale with fright.
Are you feeling well? You look pale.
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Other symptoms—like cold hands, cold feet, and pale skin—could easily be attributed to climate, lifestyle, or weather.—Christina Pérez, Vogue, 25 Nov. 2023 Beat with an electric mixer on high speed until pale and thick, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.—Ivy Odom, Southern Living, 24 Nov. 2023 Roasts enter the oven a pale cream color and emerge with a deep caramel hue.—Lee Powell, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 Full sun is beneficial in midwinter indoors, but full sun during summer months can make plants look pale and yellow.—Janet B. Carson, arkansasonline.com, 20 Nov. 2023 Diana’s pale blue one-piece swimsuit was one of her most iconic.—Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2023 Still, their strain of minimalism has some inherent warmth, mostly because of the grain of the various woods, the tactility of the few pale fabrics throughout and the way that every surface seems to absorb and capture light in a city that’s famous for being dark.—Kurt Soller Alexis Armanet, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Medium brown hardwood floors neatly contrast against the pale decor, a neutral palette filled mostly with whites and some pops of light gray.—James McClain, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2023 The pozole at Moctezuma, served in a pale green broth thickened with pumpkin seeds and herbs, is an impeccable rendition of the classic pork-and-hominy stew as it’s typically prepared in the western state of Guerrero.—Jorge Valencia Mariano Fernandez, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2023
The stakes of all these combined pale compared with the show’s breathless investment in whether Bertha will get her box.—Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2023 Pretty quickly, Elizabeth recognizes her protest statement in Episode 6 –– wearing pants on live television –– pales in comparison to what Harriet is organizing for the sake of the neighborhood.—Hunter Ingram, Variety, 11 Nov. 2023 The famous climactic opening pales without a hall’s resonance to capture its overpowering majesty.—Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Nov. 2023 In many ways, this season’s squad pales in comparison to the de facto super teams of campaigns past; facing more questions about its pitching staff, lineup depth and championship credentials than is typical for the franchise this time of year.—Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2023 But its name recognition with the general public pales compared to ESPN’s.—Paolo Confino, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2023 His career as a conductor, however, pales compared with his teaching.—Joshua Barone, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2023 But the $1,900 in damages that KDFW sought from the Kentucky hunter pale in comparison to the federal charges that Paschall, Seymore, and LeMaster now face in South Carolina.—Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 31 Aug. 2023 All of that pales beside the Crow-Thomas revelations.—Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 13 July 2023
However, celebrity astrologer Kyle Thomas tells PEOPLE that the latter pales in comparison to a lunation's zodiac significance.—Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 11 Nov. 2023 The best Bing has been able to do is power Yahoo searches and get the data that comes with them, but that pales in comparison to Google’s mobile traffic.—David Pierce, The Verge, 11 Oct. 2023 This pales in comparison to the average of 226 concussions per year since 2015.—James M. Smoliga, Dvm, Ars Technica, 10 Nov. 2023 Yet, their grievances pale in compression to Covey’s evocative experiences.—Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 27 Oct. 2023 Yet the actual viewership almost pales next to the volume of media coverage the nostalgic sci-fi show generates, offering the bonus of helping to keep Netflix top of mind even among those who don’t watch it.—Brian Lowry, CNN, 7 Aug. 2023 But many were starting to pale, and some showed signs of rapid tissue loss.—Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2023 That number pales in comparison with other countries’ payments, however, and is barely enough to cover the average monthly rent for a Hong Kong apartment.—Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 27 Oct. 2023 Lilies and hostas, their leaves already paled and half rotted by the cold autumn rain, remained recognizable.—Yiyun Li, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle English pale, paal, palle, borrowed from Anglo-French pale, palle, paille (also continental Old French), borrowed (with loss of unstressed -id-) from Latin pallidus "pale, colorless," formed with the adjective suffix -idus from the same base as pallēre "to be pale or bloodless, have a pale color," pallor "paleness of complexion, loss of color" — more at fallow entry 1
Middle English palen, borrowed from Anglo-French palir (continental Old French palir, paloïr), going back (with conjugation change) to Latin pallēscere "to grow pale, turn a pale color," inchoative derivative of pallēre "to be pale or bloodless, have a pale color" — more at fallow entry 1
Noun and Verb (2)
Middle English, from Anglo-French pel, pal stake, from Latin palus — more at pole