Bail

Definition of Bail

Pronunciation: bāld
n.1.A bucket or scoop used in bailing water out of a boat.
The bail of a canoe . . . made of a human skull.
- Capt. Cook.
v. t.1.To lade; to dip and throw; - usually with out; as, to bail water out of a boat.
[imp. & p. p. Bailed (bāld); p. pr. & vb. n. Bailing.]
Buckets . . . to bail out the water.
- Capt. J. Smith.
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, Jr.
1.To deliver; to release.
Ne none there was to rescue her, ne none to bail.
- Spenser.
2.(Law) 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 bailed.
3.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.
n.1.Custody; keeping.
Silly Faunus now within their bail.
- Spenser.
2.(Law) The person or persons who procure the release of a prisoner from the custody of the officer, or from imprisonment, by becoming surety for his appearance in court.
The bail must be real, substantial bondsmen.
- Blackstone.
A. and B. were bail to the arrest in a suit at law.
- Kent.
3.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.
- Blackstone.
1.The arched handle of a kettle, pail, or similar vessel, usually movable.
2.A half hoop for supporting the cover of a carrier's wagon, awning of a boat, etc.
1.A line of palisades serving as an exterior defense.
2.The outer wall of a feudal castle. Hence: The space inclosed by it; the outer court.
3.A certain limit within a forest.
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.

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