n. & v.
1 money etc. required as security against the temporary release of a prisoner pending trial.
2 a person or persons giving such security.
— (usu. foll. by out)
1 release or secure the release of (a prisoner) on payment of bail.
2 (also bale by assoc. with bale out 1: see BALE(1)) release from a difficulty; come to the rescue of.
Phrases and idioms:
forfeit (colloq. jump) bail fail to appear for trial after being released on bail. go (or stand) bail (often foll. by for) act as surety (for an accused person).
bailable adj.
Etymology: ME f. OF bail custody, bailler take charge of, f. L bajulare bear a burden
n. & v.
1 Cricket either of the two crosspieces bridging the stumps.
2 the bar on a typewriter holding the paper against the platen.
3 a bar separating horses in an open stable.
4 Austral. & NZ a framework for securing the head of a cow during milking.
—v. Austral. & NZ (usu. foll. by up)
1 tr. secure (a cow) during milking.
2 a tr. make (a person) hold up his or her arms to be robbed. b intr. surrender by throwing up one's arms. c tr. buttonhole (a person).
Etymology: ME f. OF bail(e), perh. f. bailler enclose
3. (also bale)
1 (usu. foll. by out) scoop water out of (a boat etc.).
2 scoop (water etc.) out.
Phrases and idioms:
bail out var. of bale out
1 (see BALE(1)).
bailer n.
Etymology: obs. bail (n.) bucket f. F baille ult. f. L bajulus carrier

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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