Etymology
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bale (n.)

"large bundle or package of merchandise prepared for transportation," early 14c., from Old French bale "rolled-up bundle" (13c., Modern French balle), from Frankish or some other Germanic source (such as Old High German balla "ball"), from Proto-Germanic *ball-, from PIE root *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell." The English word perhaps is via Flemish or Dutch, which got it from French.

bale (v.)

"to pack up in bales," 1750, from bale (n.). Related: Baled; baling.

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Definitions of bale
1
bale (v.)
make into a bale;
bale hay
2
bale (n.)
a large bundle bound for storage or transport;
3
Bale (n.)
a city in northwestern Switzerland;
Synonyms: Basel / Basle
From wordnet.princeton.edu