bale1 /beɪl/


I. noun

1. a large wrapped or bound bundle of paper, hay, or cotton.

the fire destroyed 500 bales of hay.
2. the quantity in a bale as a measure, specifically (in the US) 500 lb of cotton.

world cotton consumption was a record 86 m bales.
II. verb [with obj.]

1. make up into bales

the straw is left on the field to be baled later.
– origin Middle English: probably from Middle Dutch, from Old French; ultimately of Germanic origin and related to ball1.

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