bale

Bale \Bale\ (b[=a]l), n. [OE. bale, OF. bale, F. balle, LL. bala, fr. OHG. balla, palla, pallo, G. ball, balle, ballen, ball, round pack; cf. D. baal. Cf. {Ball} a round body.] A bundle or package of goods in a cloth cover, and corded for storage or transportation; also, a bundle of straw, hay, etc., put up compactly for transportation. [1913 Webster] {Bale of dice}, a pair of dice. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]