Definitions for: Bale

[n] a large bundle bound for storage or transport
[n] a city in northwestern Switzerland
[v] make into a bale; "bale hay"

Webster (1913) Definition: Bale, n. [OE. bale, OF. bale, F. balle, LL. bala, fr.
OHG. balla, palla, pallo, G. ball, balle, ballen, ball round
pack; cf. D. baal. Cf. Ball a round body.]
A bundle or package of goods in a cloth cover, and corded for
storage or transportation; also, a bundle of straw ? hay,
etc., put up compactly for transportation.

Bale of dice, a pair of dice. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

Bale, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Baled (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
To make up in a bale. --Goldsmith.

Bale, v. t.
See Bail, v. t., to lade.

Bale (b[=a]l), n. [AS. bealo, bealu, balu; akin to OS.
balu, OHG. balo, Icel. b["o]l, Goth. balweins.]
1. Misery; calamity; misfortune; sorrow.

Let now your bliss be turned into bale. --Spenser.

2. Evil; an evil, pernicious influence; something causing
great injury. [Now chiefly poetic]

Synonyms: Basel, Basle

See Also: accumulate, amass, bundle, city, collect, compile, hay bale, hoard, metropolis, pile up, Schweiz, sheaf, Suisse, Svizzera, Swiss Confederation, Switzerland, urban center

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