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bale

1. a package of wool in a wool pack weighing 150-250 lb depending largely on whether it is greasy or scoured.
2. a compressed bundle of hay, either about 100 lb tied with wire or twine, or large, round, untied bales, as big as a small hay stack and referred to as 'big bales'.
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I have here my bales of cloth which I carry to Cahors--woe worth the day that ever I started on such an errand
So this, also, was done according to Robin's bidding, and the candles were laid to one side, along with honest Quentin's unopened bales of silk.
Then up spake Will Stutely, "Let us give him yon bale of rich velvet and yon roll of cloth of gold to take home to his noble lady wife as a present from Robin Hood and his merry men all.
And Planchet breathed freely again, whilst D'Artagnan seated himself quietly down in the shop, upon a bale of corks, and made a survey of the premises.
It was evident that whatever their intentions, all had been decided upon before they left the ship; and so they came to the door, the sailors carrying the boxes and bales, followed by the five who were of so different a class.
Esmeralda, the Negress, was busy sorting her mistress' baggage from the pile of bales and boxes beside the cabin, and Miss Porter had turned away to follow Clayton, when something caused her to turn again toward the sailor.
But now when the boatswain calls all hands to lighten her; when boxes, bales, and jars are clattering overboard; when the wind is shrieking, and the men are yelling, and every plank thunders with trampling feet right over Jonah's head; in all this raging tumult, Jonah sleeps his hideous sleep.
A graceful, elegantly-formed young man stood by her, carelessly leaning one elbow on a bale of cotton.
The Firm to which I was brutally consigned, as if I was a bale of merchandise, has worn out my patience by a series of petty insults; and I have felt compelled, from motives of self-respect, to withdraw my services, which were undervalued from the first.
Then the King said, 'What a powerful fellow that is, carrying that bale of linen as large as a house on his shoulder
The following deals were finalised on the ready counter: 800 bales, Daharki, at Rs7,800; 1,000 bales, Ghotki, at Rs7,500 to Rs7,600; 800 bales, Mirpur Mathelo, at Rs7,500; 800 bales, Rahimyar Khan, at Rs7,800; 1,000 bales, Khanpur, at Rs7,800; 200 bales, Sadiqabad, at Rs7,500; 600 bales, Layyah, at Rs7,200; 1,200 bales, Alipur, at Rs7,200; and 2,000 bales, Rajanpur, at Rs7,150.
5 million bales have reached ginneries across the country till Mar 1, 2018, registering an increase by 7.