Etymology: Middle English baille, from Anglo-French, bucket, from Medieval Latin bajula water vessel, from feminine of Latin bajulus porter, carrier
Date: 14th century
a container used to remove water from a boat
1. to clear (water) from a boat by dipping and throwing over the side — usually used with out
2. to clear water from by dipping and throwing — usually used with out
bail out 2 <bailed when things got hard> • bailer noun III. noun Etymology: Middle English, custody, bail, from Anglo-French, literally, handing over, delivery, from baillier to give, entrust, hand over, from Latin bajulare to carry a burden, from bajulus porter, carrier Date: 15th century 1. the temporary release of a prisoner in exchange for security given for the due appearance of the prisoner 2. security given for the release of a prisoner on bail 3. one who provides bail IV. transitive verb Date: 1548 1. to release under bail 2. to procure the release of by giving bail — often used with out 3. to help from a predicament — used with out <bailing out impoverished countries> • bailable adjective V. noun Etymology: Middle English beil, baile, probably from Old English *begel, *bygel; akin to Middle Dutch beughel iron ring, hilt guard; akin to Old English būgan to bend — more at bow Date: 15th century 1. a. a supporting half hoop b. a hinged bar for holding paper against the platen of a typewriter 2. a usually arched handle (as of a kettle or pail) VI. transitive verb Etymology: Anglo-French baillier Date: 1768 to deliver (personal property) in trust to another for a special purpose and for a limited period VII. noun Etymology: perhaps from 5bail Date: 1844 chiefly British a device for confining or separating animals
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.