bail

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[[t]beɪl[/t]]
n.
1) law property or money given as surety that a person released from legal custody will return at an appointed time
2) law a person who provides bail
3) law the state of release upon being bailed
4) law to grant or obtain the liberty of (a person) on security for appearance in court as required
5) law to deliver (goods) for storage, hire, or other special purpose
6) to assist in escaping a predicament (used with out)
Etymology: 1375–1425; late ME bayle < AF bail custody, charge < OF, der. of baillier to hand over < L bāiulāre to serve as porter, der. of bāiulus porter II
bail
[[t]beɪl[/t]] n.
1) the semicircular handle of a kettle or pail
2) a hooplike support, as for the cover on a Conestoga wagon
Etymology: 1400–50; ME III
bail
[[t]beɪl[/t]] v. t.
1) to dip (water) out of a boat, as with a bucket
2) to clear of water by dipping:
to bail out a boat[/ex]
3) to bail water
4) phv bail out
a) phv to make a parachute jump from an airplane
b) phv to give up on or abandon a difficult situation
5) a bucket, dipper, or other container used for bailing
Etymology: 1425–75; late ME bayle < MF baille a bucket < VL *bāi(u) la; akin to L bāiulus carrier. See bail I IV
bail
[[t]beɪl[/t]] n.
brit. Chiefly Brit. a bar or partition for confining or separating livestock
Etymology: 1350–1400; ME baile < OF < L bacula sticks

From formal English to slang. 2014.

Synonyms:
, / (of a pail, etc.),


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  • Bail — Bail, n. [OF. bail guardian, administrator, fr. L. bajulus. See {Bail} to deliver.] 1. Custody; keeping. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Silly Faunus now within their bail. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) (a) The person or persons who procure the release… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bail — Ⅰ. bail [1] ► NOUN 1) the temporary release of an accused person awaiting trial, sometimes on condition that a sum of money is lodged to guarantee their appearance in court. 2) money paid by or for such a person as security. ► VERB ▪ release or… …   English terms dictionary

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  • Bail — Bail, v. t. [OF. bailler to give, to deliver, fr. L. bajulare to bear a burden, keep in custody, fr. bajulus he who bears burdens.] 1. To deliver; to release. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Ne none there was to rescue her, ne none to bail. Spenser. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bail — Bail, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bailed} (b[=a]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bailing}.] 1. To lade; to dip and throw; usually with out; as, to bail water out of a boat. [1913 Webster] Buckets . . . to bail out the water. Capt. J. Smith. [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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