The definition of bail is money or valuable collateral that is placed on deposit with the court to ensure that the arrested person will return to court when their case goes to trial.
Facts About Bail
- The bail amount is often related to both the particular crime in question and to the perceived risk that the accused will flee before trial.
- When a person’s own assets can’t meet bail, the accused may borrow the money from a bond company that specializes in paying the jail for people's release.
The $100,000 amount demanded by the court before a defendent can be released from jail until the trial is an example of bail.
- Bail is defined as a bucket used to remove water from a boat.
What a person would use while in a sinking boat which is filling with water is an example of a bail.
- Bail is removing water from something.
Taking water out of an overly full pool is an example of to bail.
- Bail means to help out of a financial or another difficulty.
The US government giving money to many financial institutions in 2008 was an example of bail out.
A sign outside a bail bonds office.
bail definition by Webster's New World
- money, a bond, etc. deposited with the court to obtain the temporary release of an arrested person on the assurance that the person will obey the court's orders, as by appearing for trial
- the release thus brought about
- the person or persons giving bail
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French power, control, custody ; from Old French baillier, to keep in custody, deliver ; from Classical Latin bajulare, to bear a burden ; from bajulus, porter, carrier
- to deliver (goods) in trust for a special purpose
- to set (an arrested person) free on bail or have (an arrested person) set free by giving bail: often with out
- to help out of financial or other difficulty: often with out
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French baille, bucket ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form bajula, vessel ; from bajulare: see bail
- to remove water from (a boat) as with a bail
- to dip out (water, etc.) as with a bail
- bailer noun
- a hoop-shaped support for holding up the cloth of a canopy, etc.
- a hoop-shaped handle for a bucket, kettle, etc.
- a bar on a typewriter to hold the paper against the platen
Origin: Middle English beil ; from Old Norse beygla ; from beygja, to bend, arch; ultimately ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bheugh- from source bow
- Chiefly Brit. a bar or pole to keep animals separate in a barn
- Cricket either of two sticks laid across the three stumps to form a wicket
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French baile ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
bail definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Security, usually a sum of money, exchanged for the release of an arrested person as a guarantee of that person's appearance for trial.
- Release from imprisonment provided by the payment of such money.
- A person who provides this security.
- To secure the release of by providing security.
- To release (a person) for whom security has been paid.
- Informal To extricate from a difficult situation: always bailing you out of trouble.
- To transfer (property) to another for a special purpose but without permanent transference of ownership.
Origin: Middle English, custody, from Old French, from baillier, to take charge of, from Latin bāiulāre, to carry a load, from bāiulus, carrier of a burden.
- bailˈer noun
verb bailed, bail·ing, bails verb, transitive
- To remove (water) from a boat by repeatedly filling a container and emptying it over the side.
- To empty (a boat) of water by bailing.
Origin: From Middle English baille, bucket, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *bāiula, water container, from Latin bāiulāre, to carry a load.
- bailˈer noun
- The arched hooplike handle of a container, such as a pail.
- An arch or hoop, such as one of those used to support the top of a covered wagon.
- A hinged bar on a typewriter that holds the paper against the platen.
- The pivoting U-shaped part of a fishing reel that guides the line onto the spool during rewinding.
Origin: Middle English beil, perhaps from Old English *bēgel or of Scandinavian origin; see bheug- in Indo-European roots.
- Chiefly British A pole or bar used to confine or separate animals.
- Sports One of the two crossbars that form the top of a wicket used in the game of cricket.
Origin: Old French dialectal, probably from Latin baculum, stick; see bacillus.
bail - Legal Definition
bail - Phrases/Idioms
go bail for
- to parachute from an aircraft in an emergency
- Informal to flee a difficult or dangerous situation