A bale is a bound-up bundle, usually made of hay. When you drive past a farm in the fall, you'll often see bales of hay scattered across the fields.

A bale is a compact, easy-to-move bundle of a crop like hay or cotton. Bales are formed in various shapes by a machine called a baler, and wrapped in twine or wire so they can be efficiently transported or stored. The word bale is Old French for "rolled-up bundle," from the same Germanic root as ball.

Definitions of bale

n a large bundle bound for storage or transport

hay bale
a bale of hay
Type of:
bundle, sheaf
a package of several things tied together for carrying or storing

v make into a bale

bale hay”
Type of:
accumulate, amass, collect, compile, hoard, pile up, roll up
get or gather together

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