from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stake or pointed stick; a picket.
- n. A fence enclosing an area.
- n. The area enclosed by a fence or boundary.
- n. A region or district lying within an imposed boundary or constituting a separate jurisdiction.
- n. The medieval dominions of the English in Ireland. Used with the.
- n. Heraldry A wide vertical band in the center of an escutcheon.
- transitive v. To enclose with pales; fence in.
- idiom beyond the pale Irrevocably unacceptable or unreasonable: behavior that was quite beyond the pale.
- adj. Whitish in complexion; pallid.
- adj. Of a low intensity of color; light.
- adj. Having high lightness and low saturation.
- adj. Of a low intensity of light; dim or faint: "a late afternoon sun coming through the el tracks and falling in pale oblongs on the cracked, empty sidewalks” ( Jimmy Breslin).
- adj. Feeble; weak: a pale rendition of the aria.
- transitive v. To cause to turn pale.
- intransitive v. To become pale; blanch: paled with fright.
- intransitive v. To decrease in relative importance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Light in color.
- adj. Having a pallor (a light color, especially due to sickness, shock, fright etc.)
- v. To become pale, to become insignificant.
- n. Wooden stake.
- n. Fence made from wooden stake; palisade.
- n. Limits, bounds (especially before of).
- n. The bounds of morality, good behaviour or judgment in civilized company, in the phrase beyond the pale.
- n. A vertical band down the middle of a shield.
- n. A territory or defensive area within a specific boundary or under a given jurisdiction.
- n. The jurisdiction (territorial or otherwise) of an authority.
- v. To enclose with pales, or as if with pales; to encircle or encompass; to fence off.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Wanting in color; not ruddy; dusky white; pallid; wan
- adj. Not bright or brilliant; of a faint luster or hue; dim.
- n. Paleness; pallor.
- intransitive v. To turn pale; to lose color or luster.
- transitive v. To make pale; to diminish the brightness of.
- n. A pointed stake or slat, either driven into the ground, or fastened to a rail at the top and bottom, for fencing or inclosing; a picket.
- n. That which incloses or fences in; a boundary; a limit; a fence; a palisade.
- n. A space or field having bounds or limits; a limited region or place; an inclosure; -- often used figuratively.
- n. A region within specified bounds, whether or not enclosed or demarcated.
- n. A stripe or band, as on a garment.
- n. One of the greater ordinaries, being a broad perpendicular stripe in an escutcheon, equally distant from the two edges, and occupying one third of it.
- n. A cheese scoop.
- n. A shore for bracing a timber before it is fastened.
- transitive v. To inclose with pales, or as with pales; to encircle; to encompass; to fence off.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stake; a pointed piece of wood driven into the ground, as in a fence; a picket.
- n. A fence or paling; that which incloses, fences in, or confines; hence, barrier, limits, bounds.
- n. An inclosed place; an inclosure; the inclosure of a castle.
- n. A district or region within determined bounds; hence, limits; bounds; sphere; scope.
- n. In heraldry, a broad perpendicular stripe in an escutcheon, equally distant from the two edges and usually occupying one third of it: the first and simplest kind of ordinary. When not charged, it is often represented as containing only one fifth of the field.
- n. A perpendicular stripe on cloth.
- n. In ship-building, one of the interior shores for steadying the timbers of a ship in construction.
- To inclose with pales; fence.
- To inclose; encircle; encompass.
- Of a whitish or wan appearance; lacking color; not ruddy or fresh in color or complexion; pallid; wan: as, a pale face.
- Lacking chromatic intensity, approximating to white or whitish blue or whitish violet: thus, moonlight and lilacs are pale. A red, yellow, or green may be called pale if very near white.
- Of light color as compared with others of the same sort: applied especially to certain liquors: as, pale brandy; pale sherry; pale ale.
- Synonyms Pale, Pallid, Wan, colorless. The first three words stand in the order of strength; the next degree beyond wan is ghastly, which means deathly pale. (See ghastly.) To be pale may be natural, as the pale blue of the violet; the American Indian calls the white man paleface; to be pallid or wan is a sign of ill health. Paleness may be a brief or momentary state; pallid and wan express that which is not so quickly recovered from. Pale has a wide range of application; pallid and wan apply chiefly to the human countenance, though with possible figurative extension.
- n. Paleness; pallor.
- To grow or turn pale; hence, to become insignificant.
- To make pale; diminish the brightness of; dim.
- n. A bakers' shovel or peel.
- n. An instrument for trying the quality of cheese; a cheese-scoop.
- n. Chaff.
- n. In botany, same as palea .
- To beat or thrash (barley), so as to detach it from the awns or chaff. See pale, n., 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness
- v. turn pale, as if in fear
- n. a wooden strip forming part of a fence
- adj. very light colored; highly diluted with white
- adj. abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
- adj. (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble
- adj. not full or rich
Middle English, from Old French pal, from Latin pālus.
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pallidus, from pallēre, to be pale.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French pale, from Latin pallidus ("pale, pallid"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from Latin pālus ("stake, prop"). (Wiktionary)