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Related to hale: Nathan Hale, hale and hearty
adj. hal·er, hal·est
Free from infirmity or illness; sound. See Synonyms at healthy.
tr.v. haled, hal·ing, hales
1. To compel to go: "In short order the human rights campaign was haled before a high court of indignation" (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.).
2. Archaic To pull, draw, drag, or hoist.
1. healthy and robust (esp in the phrase hale and hearty)
2. dialect Scot and Northern English whole
[Old English hæl whole]
(tr) to pull or drag; haul
[C13: from Old French haler, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German halōn to fetch, Old English geholian to acquire]
1. (Biography) George Ellery. 1868–1938, US astronomer: undertook research into sunspots and invented the spectroheliograph
2. (Biography) Sir Matthew. 1609–76, English judge and scholar; Lord Chief Justice (1671–76)
adj. hal•er, hal•est.
free from disease or infirmity.
[before 1000; Middle English (north); Old English hāl whole]
v.t. haled, hal•ing.
1. to compel (someone) to go: to hale a suspect into court.
2. to haul; pull.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Middle French haler < Germanic; compare Old High German halōn to fetch, Old English geholian to get. compare haul]
1. Edward Everett, 1822–1909, U.S. clergyman and author.
2. George Ellery, 1868–1938, U.S. astronomer.
3. Nathan, 1755–76, American soldier hanged as a spy by the British during the American Revolution.
4. Sarah Josepha, 1788–1879, U.S. editor and author.
hale- A handle of a plow or wheelbarrow.
See also related terms for plow.
Past participle: haled
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|Noun||1.||Hale - a soldier of the American Revolution who was hanged as a spy by the British; his last words were supposed to have been `I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country' (1755-1776)|
|2.||Hale - United States astronomer who discovered that sunspots are associated with strong magnetic fields (1868-1938)|
|3.||Hale - prolific United States writer (1822-1909)|
|Verb||1.||hale - to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"; "He squeezed her for information"|
turn up the heat, turn up the pressure - apply great or increased pressure; "The Democrats turned up the heat on their candidate to concede the election"
drive - to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly; "She is driven by her passion"
bludgeon - overcome or coerce as if by using a heavy club; "The teacher bludgeoned the students into learning the math formulas"
steamroll, steamroller - bring to a specified state by overwhelming force or pressure; "The Senator steamrollered the bill to defeat"
squeeze for - squeeze someone for money, information, etc.
dragoon, railroad, sandbag - compel by coercion, threats, or crude means; "They sandbagged him to make dinner for everyone"
compel, obligate, oblige - force somebody to do something; "We compel all students to fill out this form"
bring oneself - cause to undertake a certain action, usually used in the negative; "He could not bring himself to call his parents"
|2.||hale - draw slowly or heavily; "haul stones"; "haul nets"|
|Adj.||1.||hale - exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health; "hale and hearty"; "whole in mind and body"; "a whole person again"|
healthy - having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease; "a rosy healthy baby"; "staying fit and healthy"