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.

 

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Bale, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Baled (); p. pr. & vb. n. Baling.]

To make up in a bale.

Goldsmith.

 

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Bale, v. t.

See Bail, v. t., to lade.

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Bale (?), n. [AS. bealo, bealu, balu; akin to OS. alu, OHG. balo, Icel. bol, Goth. balweins.]

1.

Misery; alamity; misfortune; sorrow.

Let now your bliss be turned into bale. Spenser.

2.

Evil; an evil, pernicious influence; something causing great injury.

[Now chiefly poetic]

 

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