Main definitions of bale in English

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bale1

noun

  • 1A bundle of paper, hay, cotton, etc., tightly wrapped and bound with cords or hoops.

    ‘the fire destroyed 500 bales of hay’
    • ‘I'd missed the sheep, though the winning decorated hay bale was disguised as such.’
    • ‘Dakota nodded and tossed up another bale, thinking.’
    • ‘Some the size of mountains, some the size of hay bale.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, they burned crops, destroyed railroads and factories and reached Savannah with 25,000 bales of captured cotton.’
    • ‘Grabbing a pitch fork she shoved it into one bale breaking off chucks that she spread out between the three ever grateful recipients.’
    • ‘The sheepherder went over to his storage hut and brought out one bale of wool.’
    • ‘Macra has also put together a whole host of novelty competitions and farm skills displays, from sheaf tossing to round bale rolling.’
    • ‘Firefighters remained at the scene through the night and throughout yesterday tackling small pockets of fire in the bales of paper.’
    • ‘And then, sure enough, he walks right up and throws a big ole bale of straw on my back.’
    • ‘This may mean placing each bale 20 feet or more away from the neighboring bales.’
    • ‘‘I'm going to pull a hard right and coast into that hay bale over there,’ Zell explained.’
    • ‘The bales of stamped paper remained unpacked at Castle William; no man being bound to open and distribute them.’
    • ‘With practiced ease, Tundra picked another bale of hay off the pile.’
    • ‘Mr Miller is believed to have gone over to speak to Mr Holt, who was loading 40 bales of compressed cardboard onto a trailer with another worker.’
    • ‘I told her, grasping another bale and heading back to the truck.’
    • ‘No matter how good your hay is today, between now and feeding time, every rain, every windstorm, is going to steal nutrients from every exposed bale and stack.’
    • ‘With each lurch of the truck another flaming bale toppled off, coming to a flaming halt on the road or igniting the grass at its shoulder.’
    • ‘Shayne was at the top of the haystack and handed down bale by bale to Blake, who handed it to Patrick, who handed it to me.’
    • ‘The two pals had been walking to the shop for sweets on Saturday when they were crushed against a wall by a trailer and tractor loaded with bales of hay.’
    • ‘We'd found a crew loading bales of hay onto a trailer, and Jeff got out to shoot them while I went back to get our car.’
    bundle, truss, bunch, pack, package, parcel, load
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    1. 1.1The quantity in a bale as a measure, especially 500 pounds of cotton.
      • ‘At the Slaton Co-Op, the 500-pound bales continue to roll out.’
      • ‘Later wool was packed in small bales of 45 kg and the plane was able to carry four or five per flight.’
      • ‘A taxi driver and his four passengers escaped being crushed when a straw bale weighing half a ton bounced onto their car.’
      • ‘About 85 million bales of cotton are produced worldwide each year, including 18 to 20 million in the United States.’
      • ‘Top cotton yields this year reached three bales - or about 1,500 pounds - per acre, Latham said, with 45,000 acres planted.’
      • ‘Young firebugs twice set fire to a one tonne bale of hay close to homes in Heysham.’
      • ‘Calculating a ton as 40 bales weighing 50 pounds each, the price per bale would range from $2.25 to $3.80.’
      • ‘He bragged that the company's general store grossed thirty thousand dollars a year and its ginning operation was able to clean and compress three bales of cotton in an hour.’
      • ‘However straw and good quality hay are a different story with good hay making up to and over E28 a round bale while square bales of straw are fetching E2.40.’
      • ‘Others began doing calculations on how many square bales to the acre.’
      • ‘Contractors also find that the smoother bales make for better wrapping, faster baling and lower costs per bale.’
      • ‘The year before boll weevils marched into Georgia in 1915, the state produced 2.8 million bales of cotton.’
      • ‘The cooperative ginned a record supply of cotton, topping 16,000 bales.’
      • ‘It's a wee bit more expensive per bale than shavings but it is, according to the bumf, four times more absorbent.’
      • ‘As a result, the price of New York hay has dropped because of its inferior quality and the cost of out-of-state hay has risen by about $4 per bale.’
      • ‘He buys in round bales of straw at £8 delivered per bale for all of his bedding.’
      • ‘Calcot, Bakersfield, Calif., has annual sales of 1.4 million bales of cotton.’
      • ‘The 11.9-micron bale of wool was bought by the HYX Group at auction in Sydney for $675,000.’
      • ‘Middendorf says the wrapped bales contain 600 pounds of dry matter and are worth $25 per bale.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make (something) into bales.

    ‘they baled a lot of good hay’
    ‘most baling and field work have been finished’
    • ‘The local farmers have had an awful task to deal with their silage and baled hay this season with the weather spoiling and causing so much hassle.’
    • ‘I baled hay and pulled weeds from soybean fields.’
    • ‘Because milk jugs are more valuable by themselves instead of mixed with other plastics, they are baled separately.’
    • ‘Now the reason Allen was waiting for the dew was because he wanted his alfalfa to get some moisture on it before he started baling it.’
    • ‘After that, I guess you'll be raking the rest of the alfalfa, then baling it with your brothers.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if you want to plow a field, bale hay, pull stumps or exchange implements with neighbors, you'll need a more powerful machine.’
    • ‘Leaving a 12-inch stubble with the combine and baling the cut straw is an efficient practice.’
    • ‘If you spend your mornings grooming horses, baling hay and cleaning stalls, you'll burn as many calories as you would walking for the same amount of time.’
    • ‘Instead, forage produced on spray fields has frequently been viewed as a liability with infrequent harvests; baled forage is often left on the landscape to decay.’
    • ‘Across the way in the tunnel between Doty and Wallace is the room where cans, plastics, and glass are washed and the cans are baled.’
    • ‘On a farm with cows, pigs, horses and sheep, Jaime spent her childhood baling hay and practicing gymnastics in a converted barn.’
    • ‘They feed two to three bales a day, depending on what other feeds are available.’
    • ‘Some are baling soybeans, while a few are grazing corn.’
    • ‘Other activities include a John Deere trike and tractor farm, petting zoo, and hay bale maze.’
    • ‘We baled the hay at the weekend, and stacks have been pushed over every day since then.’
    • ‘Bottles need to be de-capped before they're baled.’
    • ‘They have all been scrapped and now make up 1,200 tonnes of square baled metal, the first consignment of which was transported to the Netherlands last Thursday.’
    • ‘In North Carolina, I did my laundry and hung it outside on a clothesline to dry, while a farmer baled hay in a field next door.’
    • ‘Ranch hands can teach your employees a thing or two about herding longhorn cattle, baling hay, and harvesting pecans.’
    • ‘Sofia Municipality suggested the site last week, and later on the Government approved it as the location where baled refuse could be temporarily kept until another solution is found.’

Origin

Middle English: probably from Middle Dutch, from Old French; ultimately of Germanic origin and related to ball.

Pronunciation:

bale

/bāl/

Main definitions of bale in English

: bale1bale2

bale2

noun

Archaic, literary
  • 1Evil considered as a destructive force.

    • ‘Enough and to spare of bale is in thy speech.’
    • ‘In earlier days great Carthage suffered bale.’
    1. 1.1Evil suffered; physical torment or mental suffering.
      • ‘Let now your bliss be turned into bale.’
      • ‘I have known too much of bale by this child-bearing.’

Origin

Old English balu, bealu, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation:

bale

/bāl/

Main definitions of bale in English

: bale1bale2

Bâle

proper noun

Pronunciation:

Bâle

/bāl/