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pale 1

 (pāl)
n.
1. A stake or pointed stick; a picket.
2. A fence enclosing an area.
3. The area enclosed by a fence or boundary.
4.
a. A region or district lying within an imposed boundary or constituting a separate jurisdiction.
b. Pale The medieval dominions of the English in Ireland. Used with the.
5. Heraldry A wide vertical band in the center of an escutcheon.
tr.v. paled, pal·ing, pales
To enclose with pales; fence in.
Idiom:
beyond the pale
Irrevocably unacceptable or unreasonable: behavior that was quite beyond the pale.

[Middle English, from Old French pal, from Latin pālus; see pag- in Indo-European roots.]

pale 2

 (pāl)
adj. pal·er, pal·est
1. Whitish in complexion; pallid.
2.
a. Of a low intensity of color; light.
b. Having high lightness and low saturation.
3. Of a low intensity of light; dim or faint: "a late afternoon sun coming through the el tracks and falling in pale oblongs on the cracked, empty sidewalks" (Jimmy Breslin).
4. Feeble; weak: a pale rendition of the aria.
v. paled, pal·ing, pales
v.tr.
To cause to turn pale.
v.intr.
1. To become pale; blanch: paled with fright.
2. To decrease in relative importance.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pallidus, from pallēre, to be pale; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

pale′ly adv.
pale′ness n.

pale

(peɪl)
adj
1. lacking brightness of colour; whitish: pale morning light.
2. (of a colour) whitish; produced by a relatively small quantity of colouring agent
3. dim or wan: the pale stars.
4. feeble: a pale effort.
5. South African a euphemism for White
vb
6. to make or become pale or paler; blanch
7. (often foll by: before) to lose superiority or importance (in comparison to): her beauty paled before that of her hostess.
[C13: from Old French palle, from Latin pallidus pale, from pallēre to look wan]
ˈpalely adv
ˈpaleness n

pale

(peɪl)
n
1. a wooden post or strip used as an upright member in a fence
2. an enclosing barrier, esp a fence made of pales
3. an area enclosed by a pale
4. a sphere of activity within which certain restrictions are applied
5. (Heraldry) heraldry an ordinary consisting of a vertical stripe, usually in the centre of a shield
6. beyond the pale outside the limits of social convention
vb
(tr) to enclose with pales
[C14: from Old French pal, from Latin pālus stake; compare pole1]

pale1

(peɪl)

adj. pal•er, pal•est, adj.
1. lacking intensity of color; colorless or whitish: a pale complexion.
2. of a low degree of chroma, saturation, or purity; approaching white or gray: pale yellow.
3. not bright or brilliant; dim: the pale moon.
4. faint or feeble; weak: a pale protest.
v.i., v.t.
5. to make or become pale: to pale at the sight of blood.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French < Latin pallidus pallid]
pale′ly, adv.
pale′ness, n.

pale2

(peɪl)

n., v. paled, pal•ing. n.
1. a stake or picket, as of a fence.
2. an enclosing or confining barrier; enclosure.
3. an enclosed area.
4. limits; bounds: outside the pale of my jurisdiction.
5. a district or region within designated bounds.
6. a central vertical stripe in a heraldic escutcheon.
v.t.
7. to enclose with pales; fence.
8. to encircle or encompass.
Idioms:
beyond the pale, beyond the limits of propriety, courtesy, etc.
[1300–50; Middle English (north), Old English pāl < Latin pālus stake]

pale-

var. of paleo- before vowels: palearctic.
Also, esp. Brit.,palae-.

pale


Past participle: paled
Gerund: paling

Imperative
pale
pale
Present
I pale
you pale
he/she/it pales
we pale
you pale
they pale
Preterite
I paled
you paled
he/she/it paled
we paled
you paled
they paled
Present Continuous
I am paling
you are paling
he/she/it is paling
we are paling
you are paling
they are paling
Present Perfect
I have paled
you have paled
he/she/it has paled
we have paled
you have paled
they have paled
Past Continuous
I was paling
you were paling
he/she/it was paling
we were paling
you were paling
they were paling
Past Perfect
I had paled
you had paled
he/she/it had paled
we had paled
you had paled
they had paled
Future
I will pale
you will pale
he/she/it will pale
we will pale
you will pale
they will pale
Future Perfect
I will have paled
you will have paled
he/she/it will have paled
we will have paled
you will have paled
they will have paled
Future Continuous
I will be paling
you will be paling
he/she/it will be paling
we will be paling
you will be paling
they will be paling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been paling
you have been paling
he/she/it has been paling
we have been paling
you have been paling
they have been paling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been paling
you will have been paling
he/she/it will have been paling
we will have been paling
you will have been paling
they will have been paling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been paling
you had been paling
he/she/it had been paling
we had been paling
you had been paling
they had been paling
Conditional
I would pale
you would pale
he/she/it would pale
we would pale
you would pale
they would pale
Past Conditional
I would have paled
you would have paled
he/she/it would have paled
we would have paled
you would have paled
they would have paled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pale - a wooden strip forming part of a fence
paling, picket fence - a fence made of upright pickets
strip - thin piece of wood or metal
Verb1.pale - turn pale, as if in fearpale - turn pale, as if in fear    
discolour, discolor, color, colour - change color, often in an undesired manner; "The shirts discolored"
Adj.1.pale - very light colored; highly diluted with white; "pale seagreen"; "pale blue eyes"
light-colored, light - (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent; "light blue"; "light colors such as pastels"; "a light-colored powder"
2.pale - (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"
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"
3.pale - lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness; "a pale rendition of the aria"; "pale prose with the faint sweetness of lavender"; "a pallid performance"
colorless, colourless - lacking in variety and interest; "a colorless and unimaginative person"; "a colorless description of the parade"
4.pale - abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress; "the pallid face of the invalid"; "her wan face suddenly flushed"
colorless, colourless - weak in color; not colorful
5.pale - not full or rich; "high, pale, pure and lovely song"
thin - (of sound) lacking resonance or volume; "a thin feeble cry"

pale

1
adjective
2. dim, weak, faint, feeble, thin, wan, watery A pale light seeped through the window.
4. poor, weak, inadequate, pathetic, feeble a pale imitation of the real thing
verb
1. fade, dull, diminish, decrease, dim, lessen, grow dull, lose lustre My problems paled in comparison with his.
2. become pale, blanch, whiten, go white, lose colour Her face paled at the news.

pale

2
noun post, stake, paling, upright, picket, slat, palisade the pales of the fence

pale

adjective
2. Of a light color or complexion:
3. Being weak in quality or substance:
verb
To lose normal coloration; turn pale:
Translations
باهِت اللوْنشَاحِبٌشاحِبيَشْحُب، يَمْتَقِع
pàl·lid
bledýsvětlýzblednout
blegbleg-blegtblive bleg
kalpeakalvakkakalvetakelmeävaalea
blijed
elsápadsápadt
pucat
fölnafölur
薄い
연한
pallidus
bćltiblanktiblankumasblykštiblyškumas
bālsgaišs, bālsnobālētnobālis
pal
zblednúť
bled
bled
blekblekna
ซีดเผือด
solukaçıkbenzi uçukrengi atmaksolmak
tái nhợt

pale

1 [peɪl]
A. ADJ (paler (compar) (palest (superl)))
1. [person, face] (naturally) → blanco; (from illness, shock) → pálido
she had pale skintenía la piel muy blanca
she looked palese la veía pálida
you look very paleestás muy pálido
she was deathly paleestaba pálida como la muerte
to go or grow or turn pale [person] → palidecer, ponerse pálido
her face went pale with shockpaledeció or se puso pálida del susto
2. (= not bright) [light, daylight] → tenue, pálido; [moon] → pálido
the pale light of dawnla tenue or pálida luz del alba
a pale imitationuna burda imitación
3. (= not dark) [colour] → claro
a pale blue dressun vestido azul claro
B. VI
1. [person] → palidecer, ponerse pálido
his face paled with fearpalideció or se puso pálido de miedo
2. (fig) (= seem insignificant) it pales into insignificance besidese vuelve insignificante en comparación con or al compararse con ...
her beauty paled beside her mother'ssu belleza perdía esplendor al lado de la de su madre
C. CPD pale ale N (Brit) → cerveza f rubia suave

pale

2 [peɪl] N (= stake) → estaca f
to be beyond the paleser inaceptable

pale

[ˈpeɪl]
adj
[colour] → pâle
pale blue → bleu pâle inv
a pale blue shirt → une chemise bleu pâle
pale green → vert pâle
dressed in pale green → habillé(e) en vert pâle
pale pink → rose pâle
[sunshine, moonlight, sky] → pâle; [skin, complexion] → clair(e)
[person, face] → pâle
You look awfully pale: are you all right? → Tu as l'air terriblement pâle: ça va bien?
to turn pale, to go pale → pâlir
to grow pale → devenir pâle
vi
[person] → pâlir
(= seem insignificant) to pale into insignificance beside sth, to pale into insignificance in comparison with sth → sembler bien pâle à côté de qch
Their own suffering paled into insignificance beside that of their son → Leurs propres souffrances semblaient bien pâles à côté de celles de leur fils.
to pale in comparison → sembler bien pâle en comparaison
n
to be beyond the pale → dépasser les bornespale ale n (British) bière blonde légère

pale

:
pale ale
n (Brit) → helleres Dunkelbier
paleface
nBleichgesicht nt
pale-faced
adjbleich, blass

pale

1
adj (+er)
colour, complexion, materialblass; faceblass; (implying unhealthy etc) → bleich, fahl; lightblass, bleich, fahl; she has pale gold hairsie hat rötlich blondes Haar; pale green/orange etcblass- or zartgrün/-orange etc; to go or turn pale with fearvor Schreck bleich or blass werden; but a pale imitation of the real thingnur ein Abklatsch mdes Originals
(= faint) moon, sunfahl
vi (person)erbleichen, blass or bleich werden; (paper etc)verblassen; to pale with fearvor Angst erblassen; but X pales beside Yneben Y verblasst X direkt; to pale into insignificancezur Bedeutungslosigkeit herabsinken; to pale (into insignificance) beside or alongside somethingneben etw (dat)bedeutungslos sein

pale

2
n (= stake)Pfahl m; those last few remarks were quite beyond the palediese letzten Bemerkungen haben eindeutig die Grenzen überschritten; he is now regarded as beyond the paleman betrachtet ihn jetzt als indiskutabel

pale

1 [peɪl]
1. adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl))) (gen) → pallido/a; (colour) → chiaro/a, pallido/a
pale blue → azzurro or blu pallido inv
to grow or turn pale → diventare pallido/a, impallidire
2. viimpallidire
to pale into insignificance (beside) → perdere d'importanza (nei confronti di)

pale

2 [peɪl] n to be beyond the paleaver oltrepassato ogni limite

pale

(peil) adjective
1. (of a person, his face etc) having less colour than normal. a pale face; She went pale with fear.
2. (of a colour) closer to white than black; not dark. pale green.
verb
to become pale. She paled at the bad news.
ˈpaleness noun

pale

شَاحِبٌ bledý bleg blass χλωμός pálido kalpea pâle blijed pallido 薄い 연한 bleek blek blady pálido бледный blek ซีดเผือด soluk tái nhợt 苍白的

pale

a. pálido-a, descolorido-a.

pale

adj pálido
References in classic literature ?
A regular snow maiden, with blue eyes, and yellow hair curling on her shoulders, pale and slender, and always carrying herself like a young lady mindful of her manners.
She was tall and pale and had dark rings under her eyes.
Do they tell the young warriors that the pale faces met the red men, painted for war and armed with the stone hatchet and wooden gun?
I leave a white and turbid wake; pale waters, paler cheeks, where'er I sail.
My mind grew very uneasy on the subject of the pale young gentleman.
North-eastward it was inky black, and out of the blackness shone brightly and steadily the pale white stars.
The sun is ever full and bright, The pale moon waneth night by night.
The poor girl, pale as death and trembling in all her limbs, wished to delay her lover; but Milady, with her ear on the watch, had heard the noise D'Artagnan had made, and opening the door, said, "Come in.
As Danglars approached the disappointed lover, he cast on him a look of deep meaning, while Fernand, as he slowly paced behind the happy pair, who seemed, in their own unmixed content, to have entirely forgotten that such a being as himself existed, was pale and abstracted; occasionally, however, a deep flush would overspread his countenance, and a nervous contraction distort his features, while, with an agitated and restless gaze, he would glance in the direction of Marseilles, like one who either anticipated or foresaw some great and important event.
The pleasant days of Spring and Summer passed away, and in little Annie's garden Autumn flowers were blooming everywhere, with each day's sun and dew growing still more beautiful and bright; but the fairy flower, that should have been the loveliest of all, hung pale and drooping on little Annie's bosom; its fragrance seemed quite gone, and the clear, low music of its warning chime rang often in her ear.
His complexion was pale, not of that deadly pallor which is a kind of neutral beauty, but of a bilious, yellow hue; his colorless hair was short and scarcely extended beyond the circle formed by the hat around his head, and his light blue eyes seemed destitute of any expression.
The woman, Martha Pierson, was somewhat above thirty, thin and pale, as a Shaker sister almost invariably is, and not entirely free from that corpse-like appearance which the garb of the sisterhood is so well calculated to impart.