bale Definition

a large bundle of paper, hay, cotton, etc., tightly wrapped and bound with cords or hoops.

Using bale: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "bale" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The farmer loaded the bales of hay onto the truck.

  • Example

    The delivery contained three bales of cotton.

  • Example

    She stacked the bales of paper in the corner of the room.

bale Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for bale

Phrases with bale

  • to jump from an aircraft, especially one that is going to crash, using a parachute


    The pilot had to bale out when the plane's engine failed.

  • to make something into a bale


    He spent the morning making a bale of hay.

  • bale of laughs

    something or someone that is very funny or amusing


    The comedian's performance was a real bale of laughs.

Origins of bale

from Old English 'bealu', meaning 'evil, calamity'


Summary: bale in Brief

The term 'bale' [beɪl] refers to a large bundle of tightly wrapped and bound materials such as paper, hay, or cotton. It can be used in phrases like 'bale out,' which means to jump from an aircraft using a parachute, or 'make a bale of something,' which means to make something into a bale. 'Bale of laughs' is an idiom that describes something or someone that is very funny or amusing.