• WordNet 3.6
    • adj pale abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress "the pallid face of the invalid","her wan face suddenly flushed"
    • adj pale lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness "a pale rendition of the aria","pale prose with the faint sweetness of lavender","a pallid performance"
    • adj pale very light colored; highly diluted with white "pale seagreen","pale blue eyes"
    • adj pale not full or rich "high, pale, pure and lovely song"
    • adj pale (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble "the pale light of a half moon","a pale sun","the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street","a pallid sky","the pale (or wan) stars","the wan light of dawn"
    • v pale turn pale, as if in fear
    • n pale a wooden strip forming part of a fence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On a bottle of brandy VSOP stand for "Very Special Old Pale."
    • Pale A cheese scoop.
    • Pale A pointed stake or slat, either driven into the ground, or fastened to a rail at the top and bottom, for fencing or inclosing; a picket. "Deer creep through when a pale tumbles down."
    • Pale A region within specified bounds, whether or not enclosed or demarcated.
    • Pale (Shipbuilding) A shore for bracing a timber before it is fastened.
    • Pale A space or field having bounds or limits; a limited region or place; an inclosure; -- often used figuratively. "To walk the studious cloister's pale .""Out of the pale of civilization."
    • Pale A stripe or band, as on a garment.
    • Pale Not bright or brilliant; of a faint luster or hue; dim; as, the pale light of the moon. "The night, methinks, is but the daylight sick;
      It looks a little paler ."
    • Pale (Her) One of the greater ordinaries, being a broad perpendicular stripe in an escutcheon, equally distant from the two edges, and occupying one third of it.
    • n Pale Paleness; pallor.
    • Pale That which incloses or fences in; a boundary; a limit; a fence; a palisade. "Within one pale or hedge."
    • v. t Pale To inclose with pales, or as with pales; to encircle; to encompass; to fence off. "Your isle, which stands] ribbed and paled in
      With rocks unscalable and roaring waters."
    • v. t Pale To make pale; to diminish the brightness of. "The glowworm shows the matin to be near,
      And 'gins to pale his uneffectual fire."
    • v. i Pale To turn pale; to lose color or luster. "Apt to pale at a trodden worm."
    • Pale Wanting in color; not ruddy; dusky white; pallid; wan; as, a pale face; a pale red; a pale blue. "Pale as a forpined ghost.""Speechless he stood and pale .""They are not of complexion red or pale ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the 1700s, European women achieved a pale complexion by eating "Arsenic Complexion Wafers" actually made with the poison.
    • n pale A stake; a pointed piece of wood driven into the ground, as in a fence; a picket.
    • n pale A fence or paling; that which incloses, fences in, or confines; hence, barrier, limits, bounds.
    • n pale An inclosed place; an inclosure; the inclosure of a castle.
    • n pale A district or region within determined bounds; hence, limits; bounds; sphere; scope.
    • n pale In heraldry, a broad perpendicular stripe in an escutcheon, equally distant from the two edges and usually occupying one third of it: the first and simplest kind of ordinary. When not charged, it is often represented as containing only one fifth of the field.
    • n pale A perpendicular stripe on cloth.
    • n pale In ship-building, one of the interior shores for steadying the timbers of a ship in construction.
    • pale To inclose with pales; fence.
    • pale To inclose; encircle; encompass.
    • pale Of a whitish or wan appearance; lacking color; not ruddy or fresh in color or complexion; pallid; wan: as, a pale face.
    • pale Lacking chromatic intensity, approximating to white or whitish blue or whitish violet: thus, moonlight and lilacs are pale. A red, yellow, or green may be called pale if very near white.
    • pale Of light color as compared with others of the same sort: applied especially to certain liquors: as, pale brandy; pale sherry; pale ale.
    • pale Synonyms Pale, Pallid, Wan, colorless. The first three words stand in the order of strength; the next degree beyond wan is ghastly, which means deathly pale. (See ghastly.) To be pale may be natural, as the pale blue of the violet; the American Indian calls the white man paleface; to be pallid or wan is a sign of ill health. Paleness may be a brief or momentary state; pallid and wan express that which is not so quickly recovered from. Pale has a wide range of application; pallid and wan apply chiefly to the human countenance, though with possible figurative extension.
    • n pale Paleness; pallor.
    • pale To grow or turn pale; hence, to become insignificant.
    • pale To make pale; diminish the brightness of; dim.
    • n pale A bakers' shovel or peel.
    • n pale An instrument for trying the quality of cheese; a cheese-scoop.
    • n pale Chaff.
    • n pale In botany, same as palea .
    • pale To beat or thrash (barley), so as to detach it from the awns or chaff. See pale, n., 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Plants that need to attract moths for pollination are generally white or pale yellow, to be better seen when the light is dim. Plants that depend on butterflies, such as the poppy or the hibiscus, have more colorful flowers.
    • n Pale pāl a narrow piece of wood driven into the ground for use in enclosing grounds: anything that encloses or fences in: any enclosed field or space: limit: district: a broad stripe from top to bottom of a shield in heraldry
    • v.t Pale to enclose with stakes: to encompass
    • adj Pale pāl somewhat white in colour: not ruddy or fresh: wan: of a faint lustre, dim: light in colour
    • v.t Pale to make pale
    • v.i Pale to turn pale
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  • Joseph Bayly
    Joseph Bayly
    “Death is the great adventure beside which moon landings and space trips pale into insignificance.”
  • Bible
    “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death. [New Testament]”
  • Horace
    “Pale death with an impartial foot knocks at the hovels of the poor and the palaces of king.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “We fear not death. That gloomy night, that pale-faced moon, and the affrighted stars that hurried through the sky, can witness that we fear not death.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “Experience, like a pale musician, holds a dulcimer of patience in his hand.”
  • A. C. Swinburne
    A. C. Swinburne
    “Thou has conquered, O pale Galilean.”


Beyond the pale - If something's beyond the pale, it is too extreme to be acceptable morally or socially.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. pâle, fr. pâlir, to turn pale, L. pallere, to be or look pale. Cf. Appall Fallow pall (v. i.) Pallid


In literature:

But one glance at her boy's pale face caused her heart to sink.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
Two pretty pale blue eggs are laid.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
The little maiden, her face pale, for once, from concentration of purpose, had forced the pony over the grip.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
He was a slight, pale, boyish-looking fellow, with an abstracted, musing look in his large dark eyes.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Mollie produced a little square grey envelope from some feminine hiding place and handed it over the paling.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Jason Philip grew pale.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
He saw stunted men and pale-faced girls with shawls over their heads as if on their way to their work.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Verena stepped back, and her pretty face grew first red and then pale.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
His hair was thin and of a pale yellow, and was smoothed flat on his brow.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
The man turned pale, and but for Simon's support, he would have fallen on the floor.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina

In poetry:

And whither gone? On what wild flight
By planet pale and sceptred star?
What realms of sorrow or delight
Now wander they afar?
"The Wayfarers" by George Essex Evans
Daily stood the young slave silent
In the twilight by the fountain,
Where the plashing waters sparkle,
Pale and paler every day.
"The Azra" by John Hay
Then comes a voice that speaks for thee,
Pale woman, sore aghast:
"Let him who from this sin is free
At her the first stone cast!"
"The Woman In The Temple" by George MacDonald
Pale is the face at the window-pane,
Pale as the pearl on her breast,
"Roderick, love, wilt come again?
Fares he to east or west?"
"My Lady Of Castle Grand" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Little Birds are tasting
Gratitude and gold,
Pale with sudden cold:
Pale, I say, and wrinkled -
When the bells have tinkled,
And the Tale is told.
"Little Birds" by Lewis Carroll
Pale, pale grew then her youthful cheek,
Heart-piercing seemed her mournful cry:
"Clermont! relent," her mother cried,
"Nor coldly doom thy child to die."
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie

In news:

The mutant carrots are twisted and pale.
Left Hand Brewing Stranger Pale Ale.
At 3 months old, their combs and wattles are small and pale.
The letters, which appear on every label of Bass, stand for India Pale Ale, and they designate a style of beer that is neither pale nor Indian.
Hungry, dirty, and sick, the pale-skinned foreigners were struggling to stay alive.
There was the writer Tom Wolfe in a pale checked suit, the architect Robert M Stern and a corps of New York City's preservationist elite.
Immigrants and the Whiter-Shade-of-Pale Bonus.
Atlanta's passion for pro sports pales next to Boston's. Photo by Ginny Sampson .
Individual honor pales in comparison to state title for Ensworth hoops star.
Swine Flu Outbreak Pales Compared With Media Frenzy Surrounding It.
An Ale Pales in Brooklyn.
We think of India pale ales as representing the glory of the British Empire.
This pale , clear, hoppy beer was a dramatic change from the darker and less hoppy beers generally popular in the 19th century.
India pale ales were not just different, they were modern.
Everett's New Gal-Pal Pales .

In science:

While undoubtedly important, this result is only a pale shadow of the full Adjoint Functor Theorem.
Set theory for category theory
Otherwise P (t) = P (t − 1) ∪ {v ′ } \ {v} (this is now the new set of pale vertices). (4.4) Colour u red.
Random lifts of $K_5\setminus e$ are 3-colourable
If the algorithm does not fail in Step (3), then to every red vertex there are two pale vertices, and they are all distinct.
Random lifts of $K_5\setminus e$ are 3-colourable
An edge corresponding to a pale vertex v of eG connects two fixed vertices of H if the two yet unexposed edges incident to v end turn out to be contained in the chunks corresponding to the fixed vertices of H .
Random lifts of $K_5\setminus e$ are 3-colourable
While both distributions pale in comparison to the distribution of the total number of messages among the people using the bug tracker.
Identifying Coordination Problems in Software Development: Finding Mismatches between Software and Project Team Structures