• WordNet 3.6
    • adv palely in a pale manner; without physical or emotional color "his wife, always palely appealing"
    • adv palely in a manner lacking interest or vitality "a palely entertaining show"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On a bottle of brandy VSOP stand for "Very Special Old Pale."
    • adv Palely In a pale manner; dimly; wanly; not freshly or ruddily.
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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.
    • palely With paleness; with a pale or wan look or appearance.
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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
From Pale, (a.)


In literature:

The dusk paled and paled.
"The Lee Shore" by Rose Macaulay
He leaned back pale and astonished, and momentarily dumb with amazement.
"Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster" by F. Marion Crawford
How pale you are looking, child.
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
William was pale and indignant.
"More William" by Richmal Crompton
Their faces were unnaturally pale.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
For an instant Lawler stood over him, pale, his eyes agleam.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
She saw the white paling about half a mile off; but he did not appear.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
Both were slightly pale.
"The Shoulders of Atlas" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Mrs. Chepstow's sitting-room at the Savoy was decorated with pink and green in pale hues which suited well her present scheme of colour.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
Jim Tenny paled under his grime; the hand which held the knife clinched.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Plants which grow in the shade are slender and weak, and children brought up in dark rooms are pale, sallow, and rickety.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
De Guiche, observing Madame turn pale, and guessing the cause of her change of color, abruptly quitted the assembly and disappeared.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Why, you're quite pale.
"Absolution" by Clara Viebig
Minnie had risen up in horror to stop this interruption, when the door burst open, and Theo, pale and excited, rushed in.
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
Her hair is pale, too, and sandy, and is braided back from her forehead in severe lines.
"Rossmoyne" by Unknown
If we were pale-faces, we might do better.
"International Short Stories" by Various
In mid-day he ceased to appear, other days he was pale and worn out and hid himself behind clouds.
"Klytia" by George Taylor
Her pale face seems almost startlingly pale in contrast with the black dress she wears.
"Norine's Revenge; Sir Noel's Heir" by May Agnes Fleming
One pictures a poet with pale face, dreamy eyes, flowing locks, and abstracted manner.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
He was more than ordinarily pale.
"The Yellow House" by E. Phillips Oppenheim

In poetry:

Before your light quite fail,
Already paling star,
(The quail
Sings in the thyme afar!)
"Before Your Light Quite Fail" by Paul Verlaine
While the west is paling
Starshine is begun.
While the dusk is failing
Glimmers up the sun.
"While The West Is Paling" by William Ernest Henley
The leaf-shelter'd lily,
Pale "flow'r of the vale,"
The love-plaint felt
Of the nightingale;
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
Soon must I leave thee
This sweet summer tide;
That other is waiting
To claim his pale bride.
"True Love" by Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal
Shall, at the horizon,
Its ring of pale azure,
Its scurry of white clouds,
Meet in the sunlight.
"March" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
O'er the wood's brow,
Pale, the moon stares;
In every bough
Wandering airs
Faintly suspire. . . .
"O'er The Wood's Brow" by Paul Verlaine

In news:

Sure, those fights were pretty epic, but they pale in comparison to one battle that has been going on since the dawn of time…or, y'know, for a few decades.
Pitchers virtually never homer, and NL lineups generally pale in comparison to the monstrous orders in the AL.
Heavy doors swung open at the top of a hall sloping down a long passage with pale green walls.
You can often tell when someone is going to get heat stroke because they look like Mr French on "Family Affair": bowler hat, tie nice & straight, coat on, pale skin, and not a drop of perspiration on a hot day.
Those rhetorical battles pale in comparison to the high-stakes struggle being waged behind closed doors at the Pentagon.
But when it comes to market share, it pales in comparison to Apache (and probably will for the next decade).
Released its summer seasonal Hoopla Pale Ale in six-packs of 12-ounce cans.
Twisted Pine's La Petite Saison, Upslope's Belgian-Style Pale Ale.
Canned Beer – Dale's Pale Ale vs Phoenix Pale Ale.
For Flies, The Choice Is Pale Ale.
Michigan's average gas price rises, but increase pales in comparison to California's surge.
Sox's September slide pales in comparison to Indians' August.
Student loan deal pales against other education cuts.
Occupy's farm goal pales against research effort.
ACC's New $3.6 Billion Television Deal Still Pales in Comparison to Pac-12's Deal.

In science:

The specific cut of these low angle hits (TC cut) corresponds to the pale gray histogram.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
For example, a simple drift in the data causes a paling of the recurrence plot away from the main diagonal to the edges.
Nonlinear analysis of bivariate data with cross recurrence plots
As mathematicians we believe that standard quantum theory needs a foundation in terms of dynamical systems approach, because dynamical systems is the mainstream of all science and QM should be returned in the “pale of the church”.
A Simple Hypothesis on the Origin and Physical Nature of Quantum Superposition of States
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
Algorithm 1 has coloured a vertex, the vertex never changes its colour or becomes uncoloured again. A vertex of eGS which is adjacent to precisely one red vertex is called pale (this is not a colour).
Random lifts of $K_5\setminus e$ are 3-colourable
This is done by maintaining the set P (·) of pale vertices (i.e., those vertices of eGS which are adjacent to precisely one red vertex).
Random lifts of $K_5\setminus e$ are 3-colourable
We refer to such a connection between chunks via a pale vertex as a chunk-edge. A chunk-edge may be a loop, which happens when a pale vertex have both uncoloured neighbours in the same chunk.
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
However, the number of pale vertices stays constant, and hence so does the number of chunk-edges.
Random lifts of $K_5\setminus e$ are 3-colourable
The number m of edges of H is equal to the number p(T ) of pale vertices after termination of Phase II, which is O(log2 h).
Random lifts of $K_5\setminus e$ are 3-colourable
The edges come in six different types, depending on which fibre Vy , y ∈ S , contains the corresponding pale vertex, and also which fibres contain the end-vertices of the two non-exposed edges adjacent to the pale vertex.
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
Iwona Pawlikovska solving the question of Zsolt Pales raised at the 35-th International Symposium on Functional Equations held in Graz in 1997.
On generalized Flett's mean value theorem
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