Pale

Definition of Pale

Pronunciation: pāld
a.1.
1.Wanting in color; not ruddy; dusky white; pallid; wan; as, a pale face; a pale red; a pale blue.
Speechless he stood and pale.
- Milton.
They are not of complexion red or pale.
- T. Randolph.
2.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.
n.1.Paleness; pallor.
v. i.1.To turn pale; to lose color or luster.
[imp. & p. p. Paled (pāld); p. pr. & vb. n. Paling.]
Apt to pale at a trodden worm.
- Mrs. Browning.
v. t.1.To make pale; to diminish the brightness of.
The glowworm shows the matin to be near,
And 'gins to pale his uneffectual fire.
- Shak.
n.1.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.
2.That which incloses or fences in; a boundary; a limit; a fence; a palisade.
3.A space or field having bounds or limits; a limited region or place; an inclosure; - often used figuratively.
4.A region within specified bounds, whether or not enclosed or demarcated.
5.A stripe or band, as on a garment.
6.(Her.) 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.
7.A cheese scoop.
8.(Shipbuilding) A shore for bracing a timber before it is fastened.
English pale
(Hist.) the limits or territory in Eastern Ireland within which alone the English conquerors of Ireland held dominion for a long period after their invasion of the country by Henry II in 1172. See note, below.
beyond the pale
outside the limits of what is allowed or proper; also, outside the limits within which one is protected.
- Spencer.
v. t.1.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.

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