oxford views updated May 29 2018
bale / bāl/ •
n. a bundle of paper, hay, cotton, etc., tightly wrapped and bound with cords or hoops: the fire destroyed 500 bales of hay. ∎ the quantity in a bale as a measure, esp. 500 pounds of cotton.•
v. [tr.] make (something) into bales: they baled a lot of good hay | [as n.] (baling) most baling and field work have been finished. bale2 •
n. archaic or poetic/lit. evil considered as a destructive force. ∎ evil suffered; physical torment or mental suffering.
oxford views updated May 23 2018
Type of tomb found in the Cotswolds in England
, essentially an altar-tomb
supporting a stone half-cylinder resembling a woollen bale.
gale views updated May 23 2018
a large bundle or package; a measure of varying quantity, 1502.
Examples: bale of cloth; of coffee [two to two and a half hundred-weight]; of cotton; of crown paper [14 reams]; of dice [a pair or set], 1822; of turtles—Lipton, 1970.
oxford views updated May 14 2018
bundle, package. XIV. prob. — MDu. bale
) — OF. bale
); ult. identical with BALL1
oxford views updated Jun 11 2018
evil, harm. OE. balu (bealu)
= OHG. balo
, ON. bǫl
:- Gmc. *balwam
, n. of adj. *balwaz
. Cf. Goth. balwawesei
wickedness. The OE. word was reinforced in ME. by ON. bǫl
oxford views updated Jun 08 2018
lade out. XVII. Later sp. of bail
(XVII), f. †bail
sb. vessel for lading water (XV) — OF. baille
bucket, prob.:- Rom. *bajula
, fem. of L. bājulus