• WordNet 3.6
    • n sale a particular instance of selling "he has just made his first sale","they had to complete the sale before the banks closed"
    • n sale the general activity of selling "they tried to boost sales","laws limit the sale of handguns"
    • n sale an occasion (usually brief) for buying at specially reduced prices "they held a sale to reduce their inventory","I got some great bargains at their annual sale"
    • n sale an agreement (or contract) in which property is transferred from the seller (vendor) to the buyer (vendee) for a fixed price in money (paid or agreed to be paid by the buyer) "the salesman faxed the sales agreement to his home office"
    • n sale the state of being purchasable; offered or exhibited for selling "you'll find vitamin C for sale at most pharmacies","the new line of cars will soon be on sale"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most popular American city for Kool-Aid sales is St. Louis, Missouri
    • Sale Opportunity of selling; demand; market. "They shall have ready sale for them."
    • Sale Public disposal to the highest bidder, or exposure of goods in market; auction.
    • n Sale See 1st Sallow.
    • Sale The act of selling; the transfer of property, or a contract to transfer the ownership of property, from one person to another for a valuable consideration, or for a price in money.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Movies approximately make five times more from video sales than ticket sales
    • n sale The act of selling; also, a specific act or a continuous process of selling; the exchange or disposal of a commodity, right, property, or whatever may be the subject of bargain, for a price agreed on and generally payable in money, as distinguished from barter; the transfer of all right and property in a thing for a price to be paid in money.
    • n sale In law, a contract for the transfer of property from one person to another, for a valuable consideration. Three things are requisite to its validity, namely the thing sold, which is the object of the contract, the price, and the consent of the contracting parties. (Kent.) The word sale is often used more specifically as indicating the consideration to be pecuniary, as distinguished from barter or exchange. It is also often used as indicating a present transfer, as distinguished from a contract to transfer at a future time, which is sometimes termed an executory sale. In respect to real property, sale usually means the executory contract or bargain, as distinguished from the deed of conveyance in fulfilment of the bargain.
    • n sale Opportunity to sell; demand; market.
    • n sale Disposal by auction or public outcry.
    • n sale The price.
    • n sale A hall.
    • n sale Willow; osier; also, a basket-like net.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st personal computer, the Apple II, went on sale in 1977.
    • n Sale sāl act of selling: the exchange of anything for money: power or opportunity of selling: demand: public showing of goods to sell: auction
    • n Sale sāl (Spens.) a kind of basket-like net, made of sallows or willows.
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  • L.L. Bean
    L.L. Bean
    “No sale is really complete until the product is worn out, and the customer is satisfied.”
  • Katherine Barchetti
    Katherine Barchetti
    “Make a customer, not a sale.”
  • Dorothea Brande
    Dorothea Brande
    “So long as new ideas are created, sales will continue to reach new highs.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.”
  • Zig Ziglar
    “Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “If power is for sale, sell your mother to buy it. You can always buy her back again.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. sala, sal, akin to E. sell,. See Sell (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sealh, willow.


In literature:

Just as though I want to go to a sale all alone with Phares!
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
Sometimes a picture, in a sales letter, for instance, supplements the written matter in a most effective way.
"The Book of Business Etiquette" by Nella Henney
The provisions in the law of 1870 for the sale of certain lands in the proceeds of which these persons would share led to further action.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920" by Various
Robert Owen never tried to increase his sales by decreasing his price.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
All the sales were at prices hitherto unknown.
"Aladdin & Co." by Herbert Quick
Customers tell him not only what to keep on sale, but what not to keep on sale.
"The Building of a Book" by Various
Any tent marked "Ephesus" was sure to have a good sale anywhere.
"Confessions of a Book-Lover" by Maurice Francis Egan
One day, in 1730, a number of Boston gentlemen went to the Long Wharf to examine a cargo of Irish transports then offered for sale.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
While their money lasted they had no sales resistance whatever.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
I want to see what is to be done at the tax-sale and what sort of a title is to be given.
"Letters from Port Royal" by Various

In poetry:

If freedom seem'd a little rough
I'd weather through the gale;
And as to buying up my vote,
I hadn't it for sale.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
When Cupid held an auction sale,
I hastened to his mart,
For I had heard that he would sell
The blue-eyed Dora’s heart.
"Outbid" by Ellis Parker Butler
Surely if each one saw another's heart,
There would be no commerce,
No sale or bargain pass: all would disperse,
And live apart.
"Giddinesse" by George Herbert
It left the world and took its flight
Over the wide seas of the night.
The moon set sale upon the gale,
And stars were fanned to leaping light.
"Over The Misty Mountains Cold" by J R R Tolkien
'For I had weighed the mountains in a balance,
And the skies in a scale,
I come to sell the stars — old lamps for new —
Old stars for sale.'
"Femina Contra Mundum" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"With never an inch of track — 'tis true!
The debts were large . . . the oft-told tale.
The President rolled in splendor new
— He bought my silver at the sale.
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier

In news:

Although sales picked up as the Memorial Day weekend got underway, same-store sales for the week ended May 23 fell off from the prior week, the Johnson Redbook reported last week.
Third quarter sales at OfficeMax declined 1.7% to $1.74 billion and same store sales dropped 2.1% due to weak demand for office products.
PC sales didn't have a happy holiday sales season, but you wouldn't know it from the strong earnings posted by Microsoft and Intel.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.–Mattress producer Southerland , Inc has strengthened its sales management team with the addition of two regional sales executives.
SUNBELT SALES & MARKETING ASSOCIATES, Atlanta, GA, USA — Kateryne Santana has joined the company's sales and marketing team.
Surya , manufacturer of area rugs and home accessories, announced yesterday the winners of a special in-house sales contest that resulted in the company awarding four sales representatives $25,000 each.
Recently we have seen tentative signs that the sharp decline in economic activity may be slowing, for example, in data on home sales, homebuilding, and consumer spending, including sales of new motor vehicles.
Same-store sales rose 3.3% in the second week of November following a 3.1% gain the prior week, according to the Johnson Redbook Retail Sales Index.
In this position, Yankovich is responsible for sales growth, maintaining existing sales, and customer support and satisfaction.
A look at Virginia's liquor sales and consumption trends, including the top-selling liquors and county-by-county sales.
Weak PC sales finally caught up to Intel, dragging the chipmaking giant's sales and profits lower in the third quarter.
A sales transaction is a sales transaction, and if one is taxed, why shouldn't the other be taxed as well.
Same-store retail sales lost some steam during the third week of May, hurt by flooding in some regions and up against a shift in the calendar, which pushes Memorial Day sales back a week, according to the Johnson Redbook Index.
White elephant bake sale Saturday The Wakonda Community Club bake sale, lunch, and white elephant sale is Saturday, April 19, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Wakonda Senior Citizens Center on Main Street.
Dan King moved from vice president of sales and marketing to senior vice president of sales and marketing.

In science:

Consumption and portfolio policies with incomplete markets and short-sale constraints: the finite-dimensional case.
Optimal investment with intermediate consumption and random endowment
Consumption and portfolio policies with incomplete markets and short-sale constraints: the infinite-dimensional case. J.
Optimal investment with intermediate consumption and random endowment
For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S.
On the Maximum of Random Variables on Product Spaces
Stegun, Handbook of mathematical functions with formulas, graphs, and mathematical tables, National Bureau of Standards Applied Mathematics Series, vol. 55, For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S.
On a theorem of Livsic
The need for the storage of huge data sets is apparent, which is shown by the doubling in sales of storage systems each year.
Cluster Computing White Paper