• Lead bale clips used for sealing bales of woolen cloth and other goods. Once a clip had been attached to a bale it attested that the goods were of an approved quality and length or amount
    Lead bale clips used for sealing bales of woolen cloth and other goods. Once a clip had been attached to a bale it attested that the goods were of an approved quality and length or amount
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bale make into a bale "bale hay"
    • n bale a large bundle bound for storage or transport
    • n Bale a city in northwestern Switzerland
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 215 jeans can be made with one bale of cotton
    • n Bale bāl 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 Evil; an evil, pernicious influence; something causing great injury.
    • Bale Misery; calamity; misfortune; sorrow. "Let now your bliss be turned into bale ."
    • v. t Bale See Bail v. t., to lade.
    • v. t Bale To make up in a bale.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In ancient religions, the Norsemen considered the mistletoe a baleful plant that caused the death of Baldur, the shining god of youth.
    • n bale Evil; woe; calamity; misery; that which causes ruin, destruction, or sorrow.
    • n bale A large fire built out of doors and burning freely; a bonfire. specifically— A funeral pile or pyre.
    • n bale A large bundle or package of merchandise prepared for transportation, either in a cloth cover, corded or banded, or without cover, but compressed and secured by transverse bands, wires, or withes and longitudinal slats. The chief articles of merchandise that are baled are cotton, wool, and hay. The weight of a bale of American cotton is between 400 and 500 pounds, varying with the season of production. A bale of cochineal is 1½ hundredweight, a bale of Spanish wood 2¼ hundredweight, a bale of caraway-seeds 3 hundredweight, a bale of Mocha coffee 303 pounds, a bale of thread 100 bolts.
    • n bale A pair or set of dice.
    • bale To make up into a bale or bales.
    • bale See bail, bail, bail, bail.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bale bāl a bundle, or package of goods:
    • v.t Bale to make into bales
    • v.t Bale bāl to throw out water
    • n Bale bāl evil, injury, mischief: misery: woe
    • n Bale bāl (arch.Morris) a fire, funeral pyre:
    • n Bale bāl (obs.) the set of dice for any special game
    • n Bale bāl (Scot.) a beacon-fire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bæl; Scand. bál; cog. with Gr. phalos, bright. See Beltane.


In literature:

Ought the answer to be in bales of silk or days?
"The Nicest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
The flatboat was piled with as many bales as it could hold without sinking.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
At the loading quays, special catapults hurled the gigantic bales of supplies clear of Pallas.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
I will make 'bout two bales cotton this year.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
His last bales were no sooner in the lighters than he made for Jidjelli.
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
My first act, then, was to get inside and bale out the water which had gathered in the bottom of the dinghy.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
Our boat behaved well, till it began to blow very hard, and then it took in so much water, that we were forced to bale.
"The Privateer's-Man" by Frederick Marryat
In the meantime, Captain Brooks, Paymaster Sands and crew went ashore, and captured several bales of cotton.
"Reminiscences of Two Years in the United States Navy" by John M. Batten
At the same time he did his share in tossing the heavy bales of moist skins to the platform.
"The Story of Leather" by Sara Ware Bassett
Is it true he sent in a whole bale of silver foxes to the post?
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
Pick eight thousan' bale.
"The Desert Fiddler" by William H. Hamby
When all the water is pumped or baled out, the vessel is said to be free.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
And if we can save the twenty bales of cotton we have hidden we shall be relieved of want.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
The bales of Ahubal, the sham merchant, being opened, were found to contain chiefly materials for clothing the officers of the army.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
Then all the open space beneath the cabins is filled by a mass of cotton-bales.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Two hundred camels were employed to convey heavy bales of "danmour," a stuff manufactured in Sennaar, and cargoes of tobacco.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Cotton bagging, bale ropes, and cordage, are manufactured in Tennessee and Kentucky.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
In January and February 1865 no less than 20 steamers arrived at Nassau, importing 14,182 bales of cotton, valued at L554,675.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
The astounding news that Necker heard at "The Three Kings" at Bale was this.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The shore is covered with boxes and bales and all manner of things.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace

In poetry:

Laid his sword where he had found
Boot for every bale,
Stuck his spear into the ground,
Kept alone the Grail.
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
Deep is the night and slow
Whose gulf obscurely swarms
Mad, somber, faceless forms,
Blind masks of bale and woe.
"Before Dawn" by Clark Ashton Smith
"Have ye not still my witness
Within yourselves alway,
My hand that on the keys of life
For bliss or bale I lay?
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But you
in the full love of burning devotion
cherished Him
when you garnered the bales
of His commands for yourself.
"O Euchari" by Hildegard von Bingen
And closer round and grimmer
Beneath its baleful light
The Jotun shapes of mountains
Came crowding through the night.
"The Dole Of Jarl Thorkell" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Our father was a wealthy lord,
That wond in Barnsdale;
But we had a wicked step-mother,
That wrought us meickle bale.
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang

In news:

Bale may have lost the most weight ever for a role -- he dropped to an emaciated 121 pounds for his role in "The Machinist".
A Manhattan resident driving along US 50 hit a hay bale in the road Saturday night causing his pickup truck to strike a guardrail and a bridge.
BROWNSVILLE — Twenty to thirty hay bales deliberately set on fire.
One of those factors included a Jeep that was pulled up all the way to the hay bales that were set on fire.
Arts And Healing Theme Of Annual Bale Boone Symposium.
DANVILLE — A trash fire near 25 round bales of hay set them on fire just south of Danville, Wednesday afternoon.
S 62) started around 2 pm when embers from the trash fire fell on the 1,200-pound bales .
Bales per hour, depending on field conditions.
Before winter, he moves the bales into equally spaced rows thinking of the paddocks he will set up for the winter grazing.
The must-haves include bales , a protein, water and a shelterbelt or windbreak, he said.
Bale scores 2 as Wales beat Scotland 2-1.
Gareth Bale scored two late goals, his second an 88th-minute screamer, to earn Wales a 2-1 victory over Scotland on Friday that revived his team's hopes in World Cup qualifying.
How close to stack cornstalk bales to county roads.
"I had a call from a resident wondering if some of these stacks of cornstalk bales were going to create snow problems on some of our roads," Board Chair Keith Wirtz explained to County Engineer Joel Fantz and the rest of the board members.
Sampling cornstalk bales is similar sampling hay bales , but forage probes should be sized appropriately for corn stalks, says Justin Sexten, University of Missouri Extension beef specialist.

In science:

Bales A tree for computing the Cayley-Dickson twist Missouri J. of Math.
The Clifford Twist
Values for slow wind (mean flow speed Vsw = 350 km/s in this case) measured by Cluster spacecraft and taken from Bale et al. (2005), except the value of Te , which they do not report, but which is expected to be of the same order as Ti (Newbury et al. 1998).
Astrophysical gyrokinetics: kinetic and fluid turbulent cascades in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas
Some observational evidence of KAW is, indeed, available in the solar wind and the magnetosphere (Bale et al. 2005; Grison et al. 2005, see further discussion in § 8.2.4).
Astrophysical gyrokinetics: kinetic and fluid turbulent cascades in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas
The strongest con firmation that this is indeed true for the inertial-range fluctuations in the solar wind was achieved b y Bale et al. (2005), who compared the spectra of electric and magnetic fluctuations and found that they both scale as k-5/3 and follow each other with remarkable precision (see Fig. 1).
Astrophysical gyrokinetics: kinetic and fluid turbulent cascades in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas
Bale (2003b), The complex structure of the reconnecting magnetopause, Phys.
Collisionless magnetic field reconnection from first principles: What it can and cannot do