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pale 1

1. A stake or pointed stick; a picket.
2. A fence enclosing an area.
3. The area enclosed by a fence or boundary.
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.
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

adj. pal·er, pal·est
1. Whitish in complexion; pallid.
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
To cause to turn pale.
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.
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Adv.1.palely - in a manner lacking interest or vitality; "a palely entertaining show"
2.palely - in a pale manner; without physical or emotional color; "his wife, always palely appealing"


adv shine, litschwach, matt


[ˈpeɪllɪ] advpallidamente
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The lights that glimmered palely across the harbor were the delusive beacons on some coast of fairyland.
As the ripple under the moon broke unexpectedly now and then, and palely flashed in a new shape and with a new sound, so parts of his thoughts started, unbidden, from the rest, and revealed their wickedness.
Oh, what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering?
The fire glows brightly on the panelled wall and palely on the window-glass, where, through the cold reflection of the blaze, the colder landscape shudders in the wind and a grey mist creeps along, the only traveller besides the waste of clouds.
Walking fast, he soon stood by the iron gate of their garden, and pushed it open; the outline of the house suddenly appeared sharply before his eyes, and the thin column of the verandah cutting across the palely lit gravel of the terrace.
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Within the areas of necrosis were occasional clear spaces, approximately 10-15 [micro]m in size, in which single-celled organisms with palely eosinophilic staining cytoplasm were observed (Fig.
Eventually, comedy series about black families, like Bill Cosby's show, came along to belatedly acknowledge the fact that the American population is much more colorfully mixed than palely pink and blandly beige.
True, it was alive with detail: Julian Roberts's plangent bassoon solos, Rainer Gibbons's oboe twisting palely in the gloom at the start of the finale, and pizzicato that ranged from fat and pungent to bitterly wry.
Handsome, charismatic Lancelot, known as Lotto, meets the palely beautiful Mathilde in college, and after a brief courtship, they marry.
Other paintings recall the bustle of a resurgent post-war Paris, all dancing graphics and jumbled lines, and St Paul's Cathedral, palely vulnerable against the wartime blackout.
Meanwhile, albeit central government's ambitions palely supported by an increased but tiny healthcare budget, China's ongoing healthcare reform lost speed further in 2014 amid various old and new challenges including broad economic slowdown, structural flaws, inadequate government financing, failures to coordinate agendas of different agencies and conflicting interests of stakeholders, fiscal challenges of local governments and superficial public hospital reform.