What does bail mean?

Definitions for bailbeɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bail.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bail, bail bond, bond(noun)

    (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial

    "the judge set bail at $10,000"; "a $10,000 bond was furnished by an alderman"

  2. bail(verb)

    the legal system that allows an accused person to be temporarily released from custody (usually on condition that a sum of money guarantees their appearance at trial)

    "he is out on bail"

  3. bail(verb)

    release after a security has been paid

  4. bail(verb)

    deliver something in trust to somebody for a special purpose and for a limited period

  5. bail(verb)

    secure the release of (someone) by providing security

  6. bail(verb)

    empty (a vessel) by bailing

  7. bail(verb)

    remove (water) from a vessel with a container

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bail(noun)

    a bucket or scoop used in bailing water out of a boat

  2. Bail(verb)

    to lade; to dip and throw; -- usually with out; as, to bail water out of a boat

  3. Bail(verb)

    to dip or lade water from; -- often with out to express completeness; as, to bail a boat

  4. Bail

    to deliver; to release

  5. Bail

    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

  6. Bail

    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

  7. Bail(noun)

    custody; keeping

  8. Bail(noun)

    the person or persons who procure the release of a prisoner from the custody of the officer, or from imprisonment, by becoming surely for his appearance in court

  9. Bail(noun)

    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

  10. Bail(noun)

    the arched handle of a kettle, pail, or similar vessel, usually movable

  11. Bail(noun)

    a half hoop for supporting the cover of a carrier's wagon, awning of a boat, etc

  12. Bail(noun)

    a line of palisades serving as an exterior defense

  13. Bail(noun)

    the outer wall of a feudal castle. Hence: The space inclosed by it; the outer court

  14. Bail(noun)

    a certain limit within a forest

  15. Bail(noun)

    a division for the stalls of an open stable

  16. Bail(noun)

    the top or cross piece ( or either of the two cross pieces) of the wicket


  1. Bail

    Traditionally, bail is some form of property deposited or pledged to a court to persuade it to release a suspect from jail, on the understanding that the suspect will return for trial or forfeit the bail. In some cases bail money may be returned at the end of the trial, if all court appearances are made, regardless of whether the person is found guilty or not guilty of the crime accused. If a bondsman is used and a surety bond has been obtained, the fee for that bond is the fee for the insurance policy purchased and is not refundable. In some countries granting bail is common. Even in such countries, however, bail may not be offered by some courts under some circumstances; for instance, if the accused is considered likely not to appear for trial regardless of bail. Legislatures may also set out certain crimes to be not bailable, such as capital crimes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bail

    bāl, n. one who procures the release of an accused person by becoming guardian or security for his appearing in court: the security given: (Spens.) jurisdiction.—v.t. to set a person free by giving security for him: to release on the security of another.—adj. Bail′able.—ns. Bail′-bond, a bond given by a prisoner and his surety upon being bailed; Bail′-dock, Bale′-dock, a room at the Old Bailey, London, in which prisoners were kept during the trials; Bailee′, one to whom goods are delivered in trust upon a contract; Bail′er, one who delivers goods to another in trust; Bail′ment, a delivery of goods in trust: the action of bailing a prisoner; Bails′man, one who gives bail for another.—To accept, admit to, allow bail, are all said of the magistrate; the prisoner offers, surrenders to his bail; the one who provides it goes, gives, or stands bail.—To give leg bail, to be beholden to one's legs for escape. [O. Fr. bail, jurisdiction—baillier, to control, deliver. Primarily implying 'custody' or 'charge,' the word became associated with Norm. Fr. bailler, to deliver—L. bajulus.]

  2. Bail

    bāl, v.t. (rare) to confine.—To bail up (Australia), to secure a cow's head during milking: to disarm travellers so as to be able to rob them without resistance. [Prob. conn. with the preceding word.]

  3. Bail

    bāl, n. palisades, barriers: a pole separating horses in an open stable. [M. E.—O. Fr. baile, perh. from baillier, to enclose. Others suggest a derivation from L. baculum, a stick.]

  4. Bail

    bāl, n. one of the cross pieces on the top of the wicket in cricket.—n. Bail′er, a ball bowled so as to hit the bails. [Prob. conn. with the preceding word.]

  5. Bail

    bāl, v.t. to clear (a boat) of water with bails or shallow buckets.—n. a man or instrument for bailing water out of a ship, pit, &c.—Also spelled Bale. [Fr. baille, a bucket, perh. from Low L. bacula, dim. of baca.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bail in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Elizabeth Roscoe:

    I will not vary bail. I will leave it as it is.

  2. Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen:

    I've heard nothing that would convince me that bail is insufficient.

  3. Bertrand Piccard:

    Maybe it will fail. Andre and I are very clear with ourselves, that maybe we'll bail out.

  4. Jennifer Tunnard:

    I disagree with the court keeping bail at $1 million, I find that excessive, she didn't kill anyone.

  5. Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson:

    I find there is an unacceptable risk that cannot be properly mitigated by a further extension of bail.

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