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PALE, a. [L. palleo,pallidus.]

1. White or whitish; wan; deficient in color; not ruddy or fresh of color; as a pale face or skin; pale cheeks. We say also, a pale red, a pale blue,that is, a whitish red or blue. Pale is not precisely synonymous with white, as it usually denotes what we call wan, a darkish dun white.

2. Not bright; not shining; of a faint luster; dim; as the pale light of the moon.

The night, methinks, is but the daylight sick;

It looks a little paler.

PALE, v.t. To make pale.

PALE, n. [L. palus; coinciding with Eng. pole, as well as pale. It has the elements of L. pala,a spade or shovel.]

1. A narrow board pointed or sharpened at one end, used in fencing or inclosing. This is with us more generally called a picket.

2. A pointed stake; hence to empale,which see.

3. An inclosure; properly,that which incloses, like fence, limit; hence,the space inclosed. He was born within the pale of the church; within the pale of christianity.

4. District; limited territory.

5. In heraldry, an ordinary, consisting of two perpendicular lines drawn from the top to the base of the escutcheon, and containing the third middle part of the field.

PALE, v.t. To inclose with pales or stakes.

1. To inclose; to encompass.



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PALE, a. [L. palleo,pallidus.]

1. White or whitish; wan; deficient in color; not ruddy or fresh of color; as a pale face or skin; pale cheeks. We say also, a pale red, a pale blue,that is, a whitish red or blue. Pale is not precisely synonymous with white, as it usually denotes what we call wan, a darkish dun white.

2. Not bright; not shining; of a faint luster; dim; as the pale light of the moon.

The night, methinks, is but the daylight sick;

It looks a little paler.

PALE, v.t. To make pale.

PALE, n. [L. palus; coinciding with Eng. pole, as well as pale. It has the elements of L. pala,a spade or shovel.]

1. A narrow board pointed or sharpened at one end, used in fencing or inclosing. This is with us more generally called a picket.

2. A pointed stake; hence to empale,which see.

3. An inclosure; properly,that which incloses, like fence, limit; hence,the space inclosed. He was born within the pale of the church; within the pale of christianity.

4. District; limited territory.

5. In heraldry, an ordinary, consisting of two perpendicular lines drawn from the top to the base of the escutcheon, and containing the third middle part of the field.

PALE, v.t. To inclose with pales or stakes.

1. To inclose; to encompass.

PALE, a. [Fr. pale, palir; L. palleo, pallidus; Russ. bielie, white; bieliju, to whiten. It is probably allied to Sax. falewe, fealo, fallow, pale red or yellow, D. vaal, from the sense of failing, withering; W. pallu, to fail. See Class Bl, No. 6, 7, 13, 18.]

  1. White or whitish; wan; deficient in color; not ruddy or fresh of color; as, a pale face or skin; pale cheeks. We say also, a pale red, a pale blue, that is, a whitish red or blue. Pale is not precisely synonymous with white, as it usually denotes what we call wan, a darkish dun white.
  2. Not bright; not shining; of a faint luster; dim; as, the pale light of the moon. The night, methinks, is but the daylight sick; / It looks a little paler. – Shak.

PALE, n. [Sax. pal; G. pfahl; G. paal; Sw. påle; Dan. pæl; W. pawl; L. palus; coinciding with Eng. pole, as well as pale; Russ. palitz, a stick or club. It has the elements of L. pala, a spade or shovel, and the radical sense is probably an extended thing, or a shoot. Qu. Ar. نَبَلَ nabala, to dart. Class Bl. No. 18.]

  1. A narrow board pointed or sharpened at one end, used in fencing or inclosing. This is with us more generally called a picket.
  2. A pointed stake; hence to empale, – which see.
  3. An inclosure; properly, that which incloses, like fence, limit; hence the space inclosed. He was born within the pale of the church; within the pale of Christianity. – Atterbury.
  4. District; limited territory. – Clarendon.
  5. In heraldry, [one of the greater ordinaries, being a broad perpendicular line. – E.H.B.]

PALE, v.t.1

To make pale. – Shak. Prior.


PALE, v.t.2 [D. paalen; G. pfählen.]

  1. To inclose with pales or stakes. – Mortimer.
  2. To inclose; to encompass. – Shak.

Pale
  1. Wanting in color; not ruddy; dusky white; pallid; wan; as, a pale face; a pale red; a pale blue.

    "Pale as a forpined ghost." Chaucer.

    Speechless he stood and pale. Milton.

    They are not of complexion red or pale. T. Randolph.

  2. Paleness; pallor.

    [R.] Shak.
  3. To turn pale] to lose color or luster.

    Whittier.

    Apt to pale at a trodden worm. Mrs. Browning.

  4. To make pale; to diminish the brightness of.

    The glow(?)worm shows the matin to be near,
    And gins to pale his uneffectual fire.
    Shak.

  5. 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.

    Deer creep through when a pale tumbles down. Mortimer.

  6. To inclose with pales, or as with pales; to encircle; to encompass; to fence off.

    [Your isle, which stands] ribbed and paled in
    With rocks unscalable and roaring waters.
    Shak.

  7. Not bright or brilliant; of a faint luster or hue; dim; as, the pale light of the moon.

    The night, methinks, is but the daylight sick;
    It looks a little paler.
    Shak.

    * Pale is often used in the formation of self- explaining compounds; as, pale-colored, pale-eyed, pale-faced, pale-looking, etc.

  8. That which incloses or fences in; a boundary; a limit; a fence; a palisade.

    "Within one pale or hedge." Robynson (More's Utopia).
  9. A space or field having bounds or limits; a limited region or place; an inclosure; -- often used figuratively.

    "To walk the studious cloister's pale." Milton. "Out of the pale of civilization." Macaulay.
  10. A stripe or band, as on a garment.

    Chaucer.
  11. 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.
  12. A cheese scoop.

    Simmonds.
  13. A shore for bracing a timber before it is fastened.

    English pale (Hist.), the limits or territory within which alone the English conquerors of Ireland held dominion for a long period after their invasion of the country in 1172. Spencer.

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Pale

PALE, adjective [Latin palleo, pallidus.]

1. White or whitish; wan; deficient in color; not ruddy or fresh of color; as a pale face or skin; pale cheeks. We say also, a pale red, a pale blue, that is, a whitish red or blue. pale is not precisely synonymous with white, as it usually denotes what we call wan, a darkish dun white.

2. Not bright; not shining; of a faint luster; dim; as the pale light of the moon.

The night, methinks, is but the daylight sick;

It looks a little paler.

PALE, verb transitive To make pale

PALE, noun [Latin palus; coinciding with Eng. pole, as well as pale It has the elements of Latin pala, a spade or shovel.]

1. A narrow board pointed or sharpened at one end, used in fencing or inclosing. This is with us more generally called a picket.

2. A pointed stake; hence to empale, which see.

3. An inclosure; properly, that which incloses, like fence, limit; hence, the space inclosed. He was born within the pale of the church; within the pale of christianity.

4. District; limited territory.

5. In heraldry, an ordinary, consisting of two perpendicular lines drawn from the top to the base of the escutcheon, and containing the third middle part of the field.

PALE, verb transitive To inclose with pales or stakes.

1. To inclose; to encompass.

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