bale

  

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1.Pressed, compressed, or tied bundle of a commodity or merchandise, usually wrapped in an outer covering. Bale is a common term used in many English-speaking and non-English speaking countries for varying weights of goods ranging from agricultural produce to paper: (1) Running bale is a bundle of anything of any weight. (2) Standard bale weighs 500 pounds (226.8 kilograms) gross or 478 pounds (216.8 kilograms) net. (3) Cotton bale weighs 396.6 pounds (180 kilograms) in Brazil, 730 pounds (331.1 kilograms) in Egypt and the UK, 392 pounds (177.8 kilograms) in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, and 480 pounds (217.7 kilograms) in the US. (4) Paper bale contains 5 reams (2,500 sheets).
2.Dry material carrying capacity of a ship's hold.

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  • The farmer went into his barn and counted each bale of alfalfa hay, to ensure he had enough to feed his livestock over winter.

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  • The indigent farmer gazed woefully at the soggy bales of hay and imagined bales of money, as he had seen in gangster movies, stretching off into the distance instead.

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  • There was a bale of hay for sale that was at such a low price we had to purchase it for the farm.

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