I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French pel, pal stake, from Latin palus — more at pole Date: 12th century 1. archaic palisade, paling 2. a. one of the stakes of a palisade b. picket 3. a. a space or field having bounds ; enclosure b. a territory or district within certain bounds or under a particular jurisdiction 4. an area or the limits within which one is privileged or protected (as from censure) <
conduct that was beyond the pale
5. a perpendicular stripe on a heraldic shield II. transitive verb (paled; paling) Date: 14th century to enclose with pales ; fence III. adjective (paler; palest) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin pallidus, from pallēre to be pale — more at fallow Date: 14th century 1. deficient in color or intensity of color ; pallid <
a pale complexion
2. not bright or brilliant ; dim <
a pale sun shining through the fog
3. feeble, faint <
a pale imitation
4. deficient in chroma <
a pale pink
palely adverbpaleness nounpalish adjective IV. verb (paled; paling) Date: 14th century intransitive verb to become pale transitive verb to make pale

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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