A bundle or package of goods in a cloth cover, and corded for storage or transportation; also, a bundle of straw, hay, etc., put up compactly for transportation.
- A large package of raw or finished material tightly bound with twine or wire and often wrapped: a bale of hay.
- To wrap in a bale or in bales: a machine that bales cotton.
- Evil: "Tidings of bale she brought” ( William Cullen Bryant).
- Mental suffering; anguish: "Relieve my spirit from the bale that bows it down” ( Benjamin Disraeli).