- The definition of a bale is something that is bundled and bound together, often in equal measure, or the amount that is in the bundle.
- An example of a bale is a pile of hay tied together.
- An example of a bale is 100 pounds of hay.
- To bale is to bundle something together.
An example of something you may bale is hay.
Bales of hay in a field.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Old High German balla, ball
- baler noun
- evil; disaster; harm
- sorrow; woe
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English bealu, akin to Old High German bal, evil, Old Norse bǫl, harm ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bheleu-, to beat from source blow
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Origin: Middle English, from Old French; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- balˈer noun
- Evil: “Tidings of bale she brought” (William Cullen Bryant).
- Mental suffering; anguish: “Relieve my spirit from the bale that bows it down” (Benjamin Disraeli).
Origin: Middle English, from Old English bealu.