a wooden strip forming part of a fence
very light colored; highly diluted with white
"pale seagreen"; "pale blue eyes"
pale, pallid, wan, sick(adj)
(of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble
"the pale light of a half moon"; "a pale sun"; "the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street"; "a pallid sky"; "the pale (or wan) stars"; "the wan light of dawn"
lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness
"a pale rendition of the aria"; "pale prose with the faint sweetness of lavender"; "a pallid performance"
pale, pallid, wan(adj)
abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
"the pallid face of the invalid"; "her wan face suddenly flushed"
not full or rich
"high, pale, pure and lovely song"
pale, blanch, blench(verb)
turn pale, as if in fear
Hence: A region within specified bounds, whether or not enclosed or demarcated.
Origin: [F. pal, fr. L. palus: cf. D. paal. See Pole a stake, and 1st Pallet.]
wanting in color; not ruddy; dusky white; pallid; wan; as, a pale face; a pale red; a pale blue
not bright or brilliant; of a faint luster or hue; dim; as, the pale light of the moon
to turn pale; to lose color or luster
to make pale; to diminish the brightness of
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
that which incloses or fences in; a boundary; a limit; a fence; a palisade
a space or field having bounds or limits; a limited region or place; an inclosure; -- often used figuratively
a stripe or band, as on a garment
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
a cheese scoop
a shore for bracing a timber before it is fastened
to inclose with pales, or as with pales; to encircle; to encompass; to fence off
Origin: [F. ple, fr. plir to turn pale, L. pallere to be or look pale. Cf. Appall, Fallow, pall, v. i., Pallid.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pāl, n. a narrow piece of wood driven into the ground for use in enclosing grounds: anything that encloses or fences in: any enclosed field or space: limit: district: a broad stripe from top to bottom of a shield in heraldry.—v.t. to enclose with stakes: to encompass.—n. Palificā′tion, act of strengthening by stakes.—adj. Pal′iform.—English pale, the district in Ireland within which alone the English had power for centuries after the invasion in 1172. [Fr. pal—L. palus, a stake.]
pāl, adj. somewhat white in colour: not ruddy or fresh: wan: of a faint lustre, dim: light in colour.—v.t. to make pale.—v.i. to turn pale.—ns. Pale′-ale, a light-coloured pleasant bitter ale; Pale′buck, an antelope, the oribi.—adj. Pale′-eyed (Shak.), having the eyes dimmed.—n. Pale′-face, a white person.—adj. Pale′-heart′ed (Shak.), dispirited.—adv. Pale′ly.—n. Pale′ness.—adjs. Pale′-vis′aged (Shak.), having no colour in the face; Pā′lish, somewhat pale. [Fr.,—L. pallidus, pale.]
A light shade of a color.
We decided to paint the room a pale grey.
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British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'pale' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2842
Rank popularity for the word 'pale' in Adjectives Frequency: #361
The numerical value of pale in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of pale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Pale death knocks with impartial foot at poor men's hovels and king's palaces.
The Joker Tell me something, my friend. You ever dance with the devil by the pale moonlight
I told them, ‘We live in Scotland.’ She is a redhead and she has a pale complexion. That’s just the way she is.
In my view, the CIA analysts and the CIA targeters are incredible, to do this, to besmirch them, I think, is beyond the pale.
As dangerous a threat as Iran is to Israel and our allies, it would pale in the threat posed to them and to us by a nuclear-armed Iran.
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Translations for pale
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- кол, избледнея, бледнея, избледнявам, бледBulgarian
- pal, pàl·lidCatalan, Valencian
- bledý, kůlCzech
- gwelwi, gwelwWelsh
- bleg, blegtDanish
- blass, hell, PfahlGerman
- χλωμιάζω, παλούκι, ωχριώ, πάσσαλος, χλωμός, ωχρόςGreek
- palo, palidecer, pálidoSpanish
- کم رنگPersian
- paalu, etuvarustus, rajat, kalvakka, kalveta, rajoite, paaluaita, vaalea, rajoitus, kalpea, tukikohta, halkio, kelmeä, moraaliFinnish
- pal, hâve, pâle, pâlirFrench
- sápad, cölöp, sápadt, elsápadHungarian
- palo, sbiancare, impallidire, pallidoItalian
- 青ざめた, ペイルJapanese
- 파리하다, 해쓱하다, 창백한Korean
- bālēt, bālsLatvian
- бледнее, блед, избледнува, побледуваMacedonian
- bleek, paalDutch
- påle, stolpe, blek, bleik, blekne, pælNorwegian
- blednąć, blady, pal, słupPolish
- empalidecer, poste, claro, pau, pálido, clarearPortuguese
- бледнеть, бледный, побледнетьRussian
- e celetAlbanian
- blek, stolpe, bleknaSwedish
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