• WordNet 3.6
    • n paleness being deficient in color
    • n paleness the property of having a naturally light complexion
    • n paleness unnatural lack of color in the skin (as from bruising or sickness or emotional distress)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On a bottle of brandy VSOP stand for "Very Special Old Pale."
    • n Paleness The quality or condition of being pale; want of freshness or ruddiness; a sickly whiteness; lack of color or luster; wanness. "The blood the virgin's cheek forsook;
      A livid paleness spreads o'er all her look."
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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 paleness The character or condition of being pale; wanness; defect of color; want of freshness or ruddiness; whiteness of look. Synonyms See pale, adjective
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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.


In literature:

It grew pale then, while she began to tremble.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
Its pale color had passed into a slight blush.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Behind him, the little church still looked wan in the pale light of early morn.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
But a few gleams of light still seemed palely prowling in the office when I entered.
"Atlantida" by Pierre Benoit
She had no colour ordinarily, but to-night the fine pale brown of her face was tinged with rose.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
His eyes were quick and piercing; his cheeks pale and slightly furrowed.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
He turns very pale as he glances round.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
Her words were obstructed with tears and her face was pale with fear.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Pale Face Harry had followed to the table.
"The Miracle Man" by Frank L. Packard
Rachel had turned quite pale.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
As he read, his face flushed and paled; his eyes flashed and smoldered; sighs and moans escaped his lips.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
She turned sharply round and met the dark, sinister eyes and pale face of Dr. Oleander.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
Again they fell beneath his glance, as her pale cheeks flushed up.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
She was quite pale now, and her eyes filled suddenly with tears.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Godfrey said not a word, but looked serious and pale; while deep anxiety was pictured on every feature of his face.
"Young Lion of the Woods" by Thomas Barlow Smith
She was a clean, cold, pale, and selfish little vixen, whose dresses were never rumpled, and whose temper was never ruffled.
"The Bread-winners" by John Hay
The smile and flush had vanished; her face was pale.
"Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
There is no cloud between us and the pale-faces, that the pale-faces cannot put away.
"The Frontiersmen" by Gustave Aimard
He looked lovingly at her as she lay back in rest and the firelight played over her white arms and pale gold hair.
"When It Was Dark" by Guy Thorne
The leaves of the Golden Saxifrage grow in pairs on each side of a pale green, juicy stem.
"Flowers Shown to the Children" by C. E. Smith

In poetry:

The cloud gives all its gold
to the departing sun
and greets the rising moon
with only a pale smile.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
A land of Silence,
Where pale stars shine
On apple-blossoms
And dew-drenched vine,
Be yours and mine!
"Beata Solitudo" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
ACROSS a trackless sea,
I saw the vessel glide,
The pale moon's tranquil beam
Was playing on the tide:
"Moonlight" by Caroline Fry
But thou, pale sleeper, thou,
With the slight frame,
And the rich locks, whose glow
Death cannot tame;
"Woman On The Field Of Battle" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
The dawn is lonely for the sun,
And chill and drear;
The one lone star is pale and wan
As one in fear.
"Chanson De Rosemonde" by Richard Hovey
At my door's another lad;
Here's his flower in my hair.
If he see me pale and sad,
Will he see me fair?
"The New Love" by Dorothy Parker

In news:

And, as I was enjoying a spicy sushi roll last night that paired brilliantly with a Korean pale lager that I hadn't had in a long time, I could see why.
Pale, shirtless pretty boys with pointy teeth.
Football pales to the bloodsport of politics.
Forget the pale pink dip-dye she sported a few weeks ago.
Names written in the pale sky.
Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook and Apple's iPad -- all pale in comparison to the sturdy, trustworthy textbooks.
R yszard Stroynowski sat bathed in the pale glow of his laptop screen.
Currently, they're pouring Commonwealth Cider's traditional dry, Sly Fox Helles lager and Firestone Walker Pale 31.
His pale blond hair blows in the wind.
It has been said that the world's present economic crisis will pale in comparison to what may be in store for the near future: an unparalleled energy crisis.
"And it pales in comparison to not treating" an attack, he said.
"Behind Enemy Lines" or even "M*A*S*H" pale next to this Cannes winner for best screenplay.
GSA's scandal pales in comparison to historical misdeeds.
Fiction with a friend-not-boyfriend pales next to reality at home.
Nabors' charity effort pales against executive pay.

In science:

Furthermore, there may be parallel chunk-edges in the chunkgraph, which happens when two pale vertices connect the same pair of chunks.
Random lifts of $K_5\setminus e$ are 3-colourable
At Step (3), it has as many vertices as there are cycles in eGC (at most log2 h by Lemma 2), and as many edges as there are pale vertices.
Random lifts of $K_5\setminus e$ are 3-colourable
The shaded (pale blue) region is al lowed by al l the constraints. (b) The al lowed ranges of the spin-independent cross section for µ > 0.
CDM in Supersymmetric Models
The shaded (pale blue) region is al lowed by al l the constraints. (b) The al lowed ranges of the spin-independent cross section for µ > 0.
TASI Lectures on Dark Matter
The pale shaded region corresponds to the extra area of points with low relic densities, whose cross sections have been rescaled appropriately.
Dark Matter Candidates in Supersymmetric Models
An array of dark and pale congruent cells tessellating the plane is given a topological meaning, the design of the prefabric (Figure 1a).
Isonemal prefabrics with only parallel axes of symmetry
As Figures 1a and 1b make clear, reversal of dark and pale represent the action τ adequately.
Isonemal prefabrics with only parallel axes of symmetry
The lattice unit is a single cell, conventionally pale or dark respectively.
Isonemal prefabrics with only parallel axes of symmetry
In Figure 10a, H and J are pale, other unbarred letters dark.
Isonemal prefabrics with only parallel axes of symmetry
Plain weave can be described in these terms as odd dark and even pale or vice versa.
Isonemal prefabrics with only parallel axes of symmetry
The prefabrics that fall apart are easily generated by the usual method, noting that alternate rows have every other cell dark and every other cell pale with these predetermined cells forming a checkerboard with the undetermined cells.
Isonemal prefabrics with only parallel axes of symmetry
The warps corresponding to predominantly dark columns of the design —together with the wefts corresponding to predominantly pale rows—will li ft off the other half of the warps and wefts.
Isonemal prefabrics with only parallel axes of symmetry
They are of even order [Gr¨unbaum and Shephard, 1980, Theorem 4] and a half-turn centre is in each dark cell, the others are in pale cells or at corners.
Isonemal Prefabrics with Perpendicular Axes of Symmetry
Half of the cells of such a design are where warps and wefts that can be lifted off cross over what is left behind; accordingly half of the cells are predetermined as dark or pale in square blocks of four cells.
Isonemal Prefabrics with Perpendicular Axes of Symmetry
It sputters and shines, a pale blue dot, a one-atom star, artificially isolated in a small dark region of laboratory sky.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation