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bail Explained

bail at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


bail at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [Date: 1300-1400; Language: Old French; Origin: 'keeping someone as a prisoner', from baillier 'to deliver, keep as a prisoner', from Medieval Latin bajulare 'to control', from Latin bajulus 'someone who carries loads']//
1 [U] money left with a court of law to make sure that a prisoner will return when their trial starts: --Carpenter is free on bail while he appeals his conviction.// --She was murdered by a man who was out on bail for rape.// --The three men were released on bail pending an appeal.// --He is not likely to be granted bail .// --Carter has been refused bail and will remain in custody.// --The judge ordered that Jones be held without bail .// --Why can't you ask your father to put up bail for you?// --Two of the defendants jumped bail and fled to New York.// -- Bail was set at $30,000.//
2 [C usually plural] one of the two small pieces of wood laid on top of the stumps in a game of cricket: ----------// COLLOCATES for sense 1 // (out) on bail // release somebody on bail // grant somebody bail // refuse somebody bail // post bail // hold somebody without bail (=make someone stay in prison until their trial) // stand bail/put up bail BrE (=pay someone's bail) // jump bail also skip bail British English (=not return to trial as you promised) // set somebody's bail at something (=say how much bail they must pay) // conditional bail BrE (=bail given if someone agrees to do something) // unconditional bail BrE (=bail given without having to agree to do something) // ----------//
bail 2 v [Sense: 1-2, 4-6; Date: 1600-1700; Origin: bail 'container for liquids' (15-19 centuries), from Old French baille, from Medieval Latin bajula, from Latin bajulus ( BAIL1); bail out]// [Sense: 3; Origin: BAIL1]//
1 also bail out: AmE bale out BrE [I] informal to escape from a situation that you do not want to be in any more// --After ten years in the business, McArthur is baling out.// --I don't know anybody at this party - let's bail.//
2 [T usually passive] BrE if someone is bailed, they are let out of prison to wait for their trial after they have left a sum of money with the court: --Dakers was bailed to appear at Durham Crown Court.// bail out phr v//
1 bail sb/sth → out: also bale somebody/something → out BrE to do something to help someone out of trouble, especially financial problems// --Some local businesses have offered to bail out the museum.// --Sutton bailed his team out with a goal in the last minute.//
2 bail sb → out: to leave a large sum of money with a court so that someone can be let out of prison while waiting for their trial// --Clarke's family paid [hA124]500 to bail him out.//
3 AmE also bale out : to escape from a plane, using a parachute//
4 bail sth → out: also bale something → out BrE to remove water that has come into a boat//

bail at French => English Of Explained:

lease, leasehold

bail at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Temporary release of a prisoner in exchange for security given to guarantee the prisoner's appearance at a later hearing. It also refers to the actual security given (e.g., cash). Its main use today is to secure the freedom, pending trial, of someone arrested and charged with a criminal offense. Its use in civil (noncriminal) cases is far less common, as most do not involve imprisonment. The amount of bail is generally set in relation to the gravity of the offense, though other factors, such as the strength of the evidence, the character of the accused, and the accused's ability to secure bail may also be considered. See also bond, recognizance.

bail at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

45 Moby Thesaurus words for "bail":
arraignment, bond, bucket, charge, cup, decant, dip, dish,
dish out, dish up, earnest, earnest money, escrow, fork, gage,
guaranty, handsel, hock, hostage, impeachment, indictment,
information, lade, ladle, mainprise, pawn, pignus, pledge, pour,
presentment, recognizance, replevin, replevy, scoop, security,
shovel, spade, spoon, surety, token payment, true bill,
undertaking, vadimonium, vadium, warranty

BAIL at English => English (Bouviers Law) Of Explained:

r use in MULTIMEDIA productsadjective
believing that people should obey authority and rules, even when these are unfair, and even if it means that they lose their personal freedom:
an authoritarian regime / government / state * The school was very authoritarian and exam-orientated. * Father was an authoritarian figure.
authoritarian noun:
Father was a strict authoritarian.
authoritarianism noun [U]adjective
1 showing that you expect people to obey and respect you:
an authoritative tone of voice
2 that you can trust and respect as true and correct:
the most authoritative and up-to-date book on the subject
authoritatively adverbnoun
1 [U] the power to give orders to people:
in a position of authority * She now has authority over the people who used to be her bosses. * Nothing will be done because no one in authority (= who has a position of power) takes the matter seriously.
2 [U] ~ (to do sth) the power or right to do sth:
Only the manager has the authority to sign cheques. * We have the authority to search this building.
3 [U] official permission to do sth:
It was done without the principal's authority. * We acted under the authority of the UN.
4 [C, usually pl.] the people or an organization who have the power to make decisions or who have a particular area of responsibility in a country or region:
The health authorities are investigating the problem. * I have to report this to the authorities. * the immigration authorities
5 [U] the power to influence people because they respect your knowledge or official position:
He spoke with authority on the topic. * the moral authority to run the country
6 [C] ~ (on sth) a person with special knowledge:
She's an authority on criminal law.
have sth on good authority to be able to believe sth because you trust the person who gave you the information:
I have it on good authority that he is going to be promoted.(BrE also authorisation) noun
1 [U, C] official permission or power to do sth; the act of giving permission:
You may not enter the security area without authorization. * Who gave the authorization to release the data?
2 [C] a document that gives sb official permission to do sth:
Can I see your authorization?(BrE also authorise) verb
to give official permission for sth, or for sb to do sth:
[VN] I can authorize payments up to 」5 000. * an authorized biography * [VN to inf] [often passive] I have authorized him to act for me while I am away. * The soldiers were authorized to shoot at will.
see also UNAUTHORIZEDnoun [U]
1 the identity of the person who wrote sth, especially a book:
The authorship of the poem is unknown.
2 the activity or fact of writing a book:
He published the report in joint authorship with a colleague.noun
[U] a mental condition in which a person is unable to communicate or form relationships with others
autistic adjective:
autistic behaviour / childrennoun
(plural autos) (AmE) a car:
the auto industry(also aut-) combining form (in nouns, adjectives and adverbs)
1 of or by yourself:
2 by itself without a person to operate it:
[U] (psychology) a process that makes you believe sth or act in a particular way according to ideas that come from within yourself without you realizing itnoun
[C, U] (plural autobiographies) the story of a person's life, written by that person; this type of writing
autobiographical adjective:
an autobiographical novel (= one that contains many of the writer's own experiences)noun (plural autocracies)
1 [U] a system of government of a country in which one person has complete power
2 [C] a country that is ruled by one person who has complete powernoun
1 a ruler who has complete power
2 a person who expects to be obeyed by other people and does not care about their opinions or feelings
autocratic adjective:
an autocratic manager
autocratically adverb(BrE) (also teleprompter AmE, BrE) noun
a device used by people who are speaking in public, especially on television, which displays the words that they have to saynoun, verb
noun a famous person's signature, especially when sb asks them to write it:
Could I have your autograph? * She was surrounded by autograph hunters outside the theatre.
verb [VN] (of a famous person) to sign your name on sth for sb to keep:
The whole team has autographed a football, which will be used as a prize.adjective
[only before noun] (medical) an autoimmune disease or medical condition is one which is caused by substances that usually prevent illness:
an autoimmune responsenoun
(AmE) a company that makes carsverb
[VN] [usually passive] to use machines and computers instead of people to do a job or task:
The entire manufacturing process has been automated. * The factory is now fully automated.noun
(abbreviation ATM) = CASH MACHINEadjective, noun


1 (of a machine, device, etc.) having controls that work without needing a person to operate them:
automatic doors * a fully automatic driverless train * automatic transmission (= in a car, etc.) * an automatic rifle (= one that continues to fire as long as the trigger is pressed)

2 done or happening without thinking
Breathing is an automatic function of the body. * My reaction was automatic.

3 always happening as a result of a particular action or situation:
A fine for this offence is automatic.
automatically adverb:
The heating switches off automatically. * I turned left automatically without thinking. * You will automatically get free dental treatment if you are under 18.
1 a gun that can fire bullets continuously as long as the TRIGGER is pressed
2 (BrE) a car with a system of GEARS that operates without direct action from the driver
compare STICK SHIFT(also autopilot) noun
a device in an aircraft or a ship that keeps it on a fixed course without the need for a person to control it
be on automatic pilot to do sth without thinking because you have done the same thing many times before:
I got up and dressed on automatic pilot.noun
[U, C] a system in a motor vehicle that changes the GEARS for the driver automatically:
a car with automatic transmissionnoun
[U] the use of machines to do work that was previously done by people:
Automation meant the loss of many factory jobs.1 a person who behaves like a machine, without thinking or feeling anything
2 a machine that moves without human control; a small ROBOTnoun
(AmE) a car:
the automobile industry * an automobile accidentadjective

Bail at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Bail \Bail\, n. [OE. beyl; cf. Dan. b["o]ile an bending, ring,
hoop, Sw. b["o]gel, bygel, and Icel. beyla hump, swelling,
akin to E. bow to bend.]
1. The arched handle of a kettle, pail, or similar vessel,
usually movable. --Forby.

2. A half hoop for supporting the cover of a carrier's wagon,
awning of a boat, etc.

Bail \Bail\, n. [F. baille a bucket, pail; cf. LL. bacula, dim.
of bacca a sort of vessel. Cf. {Bac}.]
A bucket or scoop used in bailing water out of a boat. [Obs.]

The bail of a canoe . . . made of a human skull.
--Capt. Cook.

Bail \Bail\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bailed} (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To lade; to dip and throw; -- usually with out; as, to
bail water out of a boat.

Buckets . . . to bail out the water. --Capt. J.

2. To dip or lade water from; -- often with out to express
completeness; as, to bail a boat.

By the help of a small bucket and our hats we bailed
her out. --R. H. Dana,

Bail \Bail\, n. [OF. bail, baille. See {Bailey}.]
1. (Usually pl.) A line of palisades serving as an exterior
defense. [Written also {bayle}.] [Obs.]

2. The outer wall of a feudal castle. Hence: The space
inclosed by it; the outer court. --Holinshed.

3. A certain limit within a forest. [Eng.]

4. A division for the stalls of an open stable.

5. (Cricket) The top or cross piece ( or either of the two
cross pieces) of the wicket.

Bail \Bail\, n. [OF. bail guardian, administrator, fr. L.
bajulus. See {Bail} to deliver.]
1. Custody; keeping. [Obs.]

Silly Faunus now within their bail. --Spenser.

2. (Law)
(a) The person or persons who procure the release of a
prisoner from the custody of the officer, or from
imprisonment, by becoming surely for his appearance in

The bail must be real, substantial bondsmen.

A. and B. were bail to the arrest in a suit at
law. --Kent.
(b) The security given for the appearance of a prisoner in
order to obtain his release from custody of the
officer; as, the man is out on bail; to go bail for
any one.

Excessive bail ought not to be required.

Bail \Bail\, v.?t. [OF. bailler to give, to deliver, fr. L.
bajulare to bear a burden, keep in custody, fr. bajulus ? who
bears burdens.]
1. To deliver; to release. [Obs.]

Ne none there was to rescue her, ne none to bail.

2. (Law)
(a) To set free, or deliver from arrest, or out of
custody, on the undertaking of some other person or
persons that he or they will be responsible for the
appearance, at a certain day and place, of the person

Note: The word is applied to the magistrate or the surety.
The magistrate bails (but admits to bail is commoner) a
man when he liberates him from arrest or imprisonment
upon bond given with sureties. The surety bails a
person when he procures his release from arrest by
giving bond for his appearance. --Blackstone.
(b) To deliver, as goods in trust, for some special object
or purpose, upon a contract, expressed or implied,
that the trust shall be faithfully executed on the
part of the bailee, or person intrusted; as, to bail
cloth to a tailor to be made into a garment; to bail
goods to a carrier. --Blackstone. Kent.

bail at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman
if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial;
"the judge set bail at $10,000"; "a $10,000 bond was
furnished by an alderman" [syn: {bail bond}, {bond}]
2: the legal system that allows an accused person to be
temporarily released from custody (usually on condition
that a sum of money guarantees their appearance at trial);
"he is out on bail"

v 1: release after a security has been paid
2: deliver something in trust to somebody for a special purpose
and for a limited period
3: secure the release of (someone) by providing security
4: empty (a vessel) by bailing
5: remove (water) from a vessel with a container

bail at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » baìl


Inter: wikipedi » a


* Inter: IPA » beɪɫ
  • Inter: rhymes » eɪl
  • Inter: homophones » bale|lang=en

    Etymology 1

    From the Inter: etyl » fro verb Inter: term » bailler||to deliver or hand over|lang=fro and noun Inter: term » bail||lease|lang=fro, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » baiulare|bāiulāre|lang=la, present active infinitive of Inter: term » baiulo|bāiulō|carry or bear|lang=la.


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • Security, usually a sum of money, exchanged for the release of an arrested person as a guarantee of that person's appearance for trial.
    1. Inter: quote-book » title=The American System of Criminal Justice, International Edition|page=338|author=George Cole|coauthors=Christopher Smith|year=2009|passage=The Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution forbids excessive bail, and state bail laws are usually designed to prevent discrimination in setting bail.
    2. Inter: quote-book » title=Criminology|author=Larry J. Siegel|year=2011|passage=The purpose of bail is to ensure the return of the accused at subsequent proceedings. If the accused is unable to make bail, he or she is detained in jail.|page=658
    3. Inter: legal » UK Release from imprisonment on payment of such money.
    4. Inter: legal » UK The person providing such payment.
    5. A bucket or scoop used for removing water from a boat etc.
      Derived terms
      * jump bail

  • out on bail
    Inter: trans-top » security
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|гаранция, Inter: t+ » bg|залог
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|保釋金|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|保释金|tr=bǎoshìjīn|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|kauce|f
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|borgtocht|m
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|takaus
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|caution|f
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Kaution|f
  • Hebrew: ערבות (arvut) {{f}}

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|óvadék
    • Icelandic: Inter: t+ » is|trygging|f
    • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|bannaí|p
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|cauzione|f
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|保釈金|tr=ほしゃくきん, hoshakukin
    • Polish: kaucja {{f}}
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|fiança|f, Inter: t+ » pt|caução
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|залог|m|tr=zalóg
    • Spanish: fianza {{f}}, caución {{f}}

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » release from imprisonment on payment of such money
    • French: Inter: t- » fr|libération sous caution|f, Inter: t- » fr|liberté sous caution|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|fiança|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » person providing such payment.
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|caution|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » bucket or scoop
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|ведро, Inter: t+ » bg|кофа
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|äyskäri
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|écope|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|czerpak|m
  • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|vjedro
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|balde|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-ver » b
  • To secure the release of an arrested person by providing bail.
    1. Inter: quote-news » title=Rupert Murdoch moves to reassure Sun staff after arrests|author=David Barrett|date=11 February|year=2012|work=|passage=For the first time, the arrests broadened beyond payments to police, with a Ministry of Defence employee and a member of the Armed forces held by police before also being bailed to a date in May.|url=|work=The Telegraph|city=UK
    2. Inter: lega » l To release a person under such guarantee.
    3. To set free.
    4. Inter: lega » l To hand over personal property to be held temporarily by another as a bailment.
    5. Inter: nautica » l To remove water from a boat by scooping it out.
      Derived terms
      * bailment

  • bailor
  • bailee
  • bail out
    Inter: trans-top » to remove water
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|изгребвам, Inter: t- » bg|(вода от лодка)
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|äyskäröidä
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|écoper

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Italian: Inter: t- » it|sgottare
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|achicar

    Inter: trans-botto » m

    Etymology 2

    by shortening from bail out, which comes from etymology 1


    Inter: en-ver » b
  • Inter: slan » g To exit quickly.
    1. : With his engine in flames, the pilot had no choice but to bail.
    2. 2010 September, Jeannette Cooperman, "Bringing It Home", Category: w - :St. Louis Magazine|St. Louis magazine, ISSN 1090-5723, volume 16, issue 9, page 62:
    3. : The Teacher Home Visit Program takes a huge commitment—time, energy, patience, diplomacy. Quite a few schoolsInter: .. » . have tried it and bailed.
    4. Inter: informa » l To fail to meet a commitment.
    5. Inter: quote-book » title=Dark homecoming|author=Eric Lustbader|year=1997|passage="No one bails on Bennie Milagros. No one, comprende? I'm gonna hold you to that midnight run — "
    6. Inter: quote-book » title=Hadrian's walls|author=Robert Draper|year=1999|passage=And I ain't got no help. Goddamn Fitch bails on me, scrambles over to Finance.
    7. Inter: quote-book » title=The Shimmering Blond Sister|page=119|author=David Handler|year=2010|passage=A guy who bails on his young wife and son the way he did. Leaving us to fend for ourselves.
    8. Inter: quote-book » title=Whisper Kiss|author=Deborah Cooke|year=2010|passage="We'll just tell Peter that you got called back to work. He bails on vacations all the time for that reason."

      Etymology 3

      From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » beyl|lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » non Inter: term » beygla||lang=enm|a bend, ring or hoop


      Inter: en-nou » n

  • A hoop, ring or handle (especially of a kettle or bucket).
  • 2010, John M. Findley, Just Lucky, bails%22+cow+milk&hl=en&ei=zmvGTqKPIuzDmQWV1oUn&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bail|bails%22%20cow%20milk&f=false page 78,
  • : I reached across beneath the cow to attach a metal bail to each end of the strap so that the bail hung about 5 inches below the cow's belly.Inter: .. » .While stroking and talking to the cow, I reached under and suspended the machine on the bail beneath the cow, with its four suction cups dangling to one side.
  • A stall for a cow (or other animal) (usually tethered with a semi-circular hoop).
  • 1953, British Institute of Management, Centre for Farm Management, Farm Management Association, Farm Managememt, 1960, John Wiley, bails%22+cow+milk&hl=en&ei=zmvGTqKPIuzDmQWV1oUn&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bail|bails%22%20cow%20milk&f=false page 160,
  • : More recently, the fixed bail, sometimes called the ‘milking parlour’, with either covered or open yards, has had a certain vogue and some very enthusiastic claims have been made for this method of housing.
  • 2011, Edith H. Whetham, Joan Thirsk, The Agrarian History of England and Wales, Volume 8: Volumes 1914-1939, bails%22+cow+milk&hl=en&ei=zmvGTqKPIuzDmQWV1oUn&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false page 191,
  • : Ten men thus sufficed for the milking of three hundred cows in five bails, instead of the thirty men who would normally have been employed by conventional methods.
  • A hinged bar as a restraint for animals, or on a typewriter.
  • Inter: context » mainly|Australia|and|New Zealand A frame to restrain a cow during milking.
  • 2011, Bob Ellis, Hush Now, Dont Cry'', bails%22+cow+milk&hl=en&ei=5FzGTtXSIO_xmAWTmvwf&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bail|bails%22%20cow%20milk&f=false page 153,
  • : But until he had poured enough milk into the vat above the separator, I drove unmilked cows into the bail where he had previously milked and released one. He moved from one bail to the other to milk the next one I had readied. I drove each cow into the empty bail, chained her in, roped the outer hind leg then washed and massaged the udder and teats.
  • A hoop, ring, or other object used to connect a pendant to a necklace.
  • Inter: cricke » t One of the two wooden crosspieces that rest on top of the stumps to form a wicket.
  • Inter: context » furniture Normally curved handle suspended between sockets as a drawer pull. This may also be on a kettle or pail, as the wire bail handle shown in the drawing.


    Inter: en-ver » b

  • To secure the head of a cow during milking.

    Etymology 4

    From Inter: etyl » fr Inter: term » baillier.


    Inter: en-ver » b

  • Inter: rar » e To confine.
    1. Inter: Australia » New Zealand To secure (a cow) by placing its head in a bail for milking.
    2. Inter: Australia » New Zealand To keep (a traveller) detained in order to rob them; to corner (a wild animal); loosely, to detain, hold up. (Usually with Inter: term » up.)
    3. 2006, Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador 2007, p. 128:
    4. : The transition over the rooftop would have been quicker if Sellers had not been bailed up by a particularly hostile spiritual presence speaking Swedish.


      * Albi

  • Bali

  • French


    * Inter: IPA » baj|lang=fr
    • Inter: audio » Fr-bail.ogg|Audio
    • Inter: homophones » baille|baillent|bailles|bye|lang=fr


      Inter: fr-noun » m|pl=baux

  • lease

  • Irish


    From Inter: etyl » sga|ga Inter: term » bal|lang=sga.


    * Inter: IPA » /bˠalʲ/|lang=ga


    Inter: head » ga|noun|g=f
  • prosperity
    1. proper condition, order


      Inter: ga-noun-f2-nopl » b|ail|aile


      Inter: ga mut cons » b|ail

    Scottish Gaelic

    Noun 1

    Inter: gd-noun » g=f
  • thrift, frugality

    Derived terms

    * Inter: l » gd|baileach
    • Inter: l » gd|mì-bhail

      Noun 2

      Inter: gd-noun » g=f

  • sling, ballista

  • Translation: ar » bail
    Translation: bg » bail
    Translation: br » bail
    Translation: cy » bail
    Translation: et » bail
    Translation: el » bail
    Translation: eo » bail
    Translation: fa » bail
    Translation: fr » bail
    Translation: gl » bail
    Translation: ko » bail
    Translation: io » bail
    Translation: id » bail
    Translation: it » bail
    Translation: kn » bail
    Translation: ka » bail
    Translation: ku » bail
    Translation: hu » bail
    Translation: mg » bail
    Translation: ml » bail
    Translation: my » bail
    Translation: fj » bail
    Translation: no » bail
    Translation: pl » bail
    Translation: ru » bail
    Translation: fi » bail
    Translation: sv » bail
    Translation: ta » bail
    Translation: th » bail
    Translation: vi » bail
    Translation: vo » bail
    Translation: zh » bail

    baìl at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » bail



    Inter: vec-noun » baì|m|l|łi
  • shovel, spade