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Bail appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun bail:

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Definition of the noun bail

What does bail mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: bails

  1. (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial
    • example: the judge set bail at $10,000
    • domain: criminal law
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonyms of bail: bail bond / bond
    • more generic words: recognisance / recognizance = a security entered into before a court with a condition to perform some act required by law
  2. the legal system that allows an accused person to be temporarily released from custody (usually on condition that a sum of money guarantees their appearance at trial)

Alternative definition of the noun bail


  1. [legal] Security, usually a sum of money, exchanged for the release of an arrested person as a guarantee of that person's appearance for trial.
  2. [legal] Release from imprisonment on payment of such money.
  3. [legal] The person providing such payment.
  4. [cricket] One of the two wooden crosspieces that rest on top of the stumps to form a wicket.
  5. A bucket or scoop used for removing water from a boat etc.
  6. [context: furniture] Normally curved handle suspended between sockets as a drawer pull. This may also be on a kettle or pail.
  7. A hoop, ring or handle (especially of a kettle or bucket)
  8. A stall for a cow (or other animal) (usually tethered with a semi-circular hoop).
  9. A hinged bar as a restraint for animals, or on a typewriter.
  10. [context: mainly Australia & New Zealand] A frame to restrain a cow during outdoor milking.
  11. A hoop, ring, or other object used to connect a pendant to a necklace.

Specialised definition of the noun bail

Glossary of sports / cricket

either of the two short pieces of wood laid on top of the stumps to make the wicket (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb bail

What does bail mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: bailed | bailing | bails

  1. release after a security has been paid
  2. deliver something in trust to somebody for a special purpose and for a limited period
  3. secure the release of (someone) by providing security
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: guarantee / vouch = give surety or assume responsibility
  4. empty (a vessel) by bailing
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] at [Source]Brian wiped at the counter
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Source]Brian wiped the counter | Carla shoveled the walk
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Barry Cryer erased the writing
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Brian wiped the fingerprints from the counter | Carla shoveled the snow from the walk | Doug removed the smudges from the tabletop

      Verbs of Removing (with the same syntax): dab, dust, erase, lick, pluck, prune, rinse, rub, scour, scrape, scratch, scrub, squeeze, strip, suck, suction, swab, sweep, wash, wear, wipe.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: empty = make void or empty of contents
  5. remove (water) from a vessel with a container
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 4
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

Alternative definition of the verb bail


  1. [legal] To secure the release of an arrested person by providing bail.
  2. [legal] To release a person under such guarantee.
  3. To set free.
  4. [legal] To hand over personal property to be held temporarily by another as a bailment.
  5. [nautical] To remove water from a boat by scooping it out.
  6. [slang] To exit quickly.
  7. [slang]: To not attend.
  8. To secure the head of a cow during milking.
  9. [rare] To confine.
  10. [Australia, New Zealand] To secure (a cow) by placing its head in a bail for milking.
  11. [Australia, New Zealand] To keep (a traveller) detained in order to rob them; to corner (a wild animal); loosely, to detain, hold up. (Usually with [term, up].)


Who is Bail?

Bail a.k.a. Bailee Madison is an American teen actress. She is known for her role in Bridge to Terabithia in which she plays May Belle Aarons, the younger sister of Jesse Aarons. Madison also starred in the horror film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark as Sallie Hurst, and as Maggie in the Adam Sandler film Just Go With It. She also stars as Harper in Parental Guidance as the oldest daughter of a rich couple.


  1. Bail: Traditionally, bail is some form of property deposited or pledged to a court to persuade it to release a suspect from jail, on the understanding that the suspect will return for trial or forfeit the bail. In some cases, bail money may be returned at the end of the trial, if all court appearances are made, regardless of whether the person is found guilty or not guilty of the crime accused. If a bondsman is used and a surety bond has been obtained, the fee for that bond is the fee for the insurance policy purchased and is not refundable.
    • also known as 保釋
  2. Bail in Canada refers to the release of a person charged with a criminal offence prior to being tried in court or sentenced. A person may be released by a peace officer or by the courts. A release on bail by the courts is officially known as a judicial interim release. There are also a number of ways to compel a person's appearance in court without the need for an arrest and release. The Canadian constitution guarantees the right not to be denied reasonable bail without just cause. Unlike some other jurisdictions, there are no bondsmen or bail insurance policies in Canada.
    • also known as Surety
  3. Bail: In the sport of cricket, a bail is one of the two smaller sticks placed on top of the three stumps to form a wicket. The bails are used to determine when the wicket is broken, which in turn is one of the critical factors in determining whether a batsman is out bowled, stumped, run out or hit wicket.
  4. Bail: A bail is a component of certain types of jewelry, mostly necklaces, that is used to attach a pendant or stone. The bail is normally placed in the center of the necklace where the pendant hangs.
  5. BAIL is a programming language.

Phrases with Bail

  1. bail out
  2. bail bond
  3. Bail Out on
  4. Bail Jumping
  5. Bail bondsman
  6. to bail out
  7. to bail

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Bail

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Google previewInstitutes of the Laws of England (1797)

Containg the Exposition of Many Ancient and Other Statutes ... by Sir Edward Coke

Now for as much as every bail is a mainprise (as hath been said) bail is oftentimes tearmed in our books by the name of mainprise as before it hath partly appeared, and as it appeareth in the * writ de manucaptione. 38 E. 3. fo. 14. 11 H. 6. 31.

Google previewThe Law of Miscellaneous and Commercial Surety Bonds (2001)

by Todd C. Kazlow, Bruce C. King

Conclusion Bail is the least understood and most under-appreciated form of suretyship.

Google previewReports of New Magistrates' Cases Argued and Determined in All the Courts of Common Law at Westminster, 1844-1851 (1852)

by Great Britain. Courts

The real bail is the principal himself, who intends to abscond and forfeit the recognizances.

Google previewCriminal Litigation & Sentencing (2013)

by Peter Hungerford-Welch, Robert McPeake, Simone Start, Nikki Walsh

Bail is an enormously important issue for many defendants within the criminal justice system. The potential loss of liberty may have serious effects on them, regardless of the outcome of the proceedings. A period spent remanded in custody ...

Google previewCriminal Litigation and Sentencing (2014)

by City Law School, Peter Hungerford-Welch, Robert McPeake, Simone Start, Nikki Walsh

Bail is an enormously important issue for many defendants within the criminal justice system. The potential loss of liberty may have serious effects on them, regardless of the outcome of the proceedings. A period spent remanded in custody will ...

Google previewDictionary Of Social Work (2010)

The Definitive A to Z of Social Work and Social Care by John Pierson

bail the release of a suspected offender pending trial or further investigation.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of American Law (2009)

by David Andrew Schultz

bail is money deposited to a court or bondsperson to ensure an arrested person's (“arrestee”) appearance at trial and to prevent the arrestee from destroying evidence or intimidating witnesses. Traditionally, arrestees charged with noncapital ...

Google previewThe Pocket Law Lexicon (1905)

Explaining Technical Words, Phrases, and Maxims of the English, Scotch, and Roman Law, to which is Added a Complete List of Law Reports, with Their Abbreviations

Bail, to set at liberty a ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Of this word the ety- Bail'ablc, adj. S mologists give many derivations; it seems to come from ...

Google previewThe New Universal English Dictionary ... To which is added, a dictionary of cant words ... The fourth edition, carefully corrected by Mr. Buchanan, etc (1760)

by Nathan BAILEY

BAIL. La: X on' x * -* w n T' a si The'PR E'FACE. ...

Google previewA Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America, and of the Several States of the American Union (1839)

With References to the Civil and Other Systems of Foreign Law by John Bouvier, Robert Kelham

4, authority is given to take bail for any crime or offence against the United States, except where the punishment is death, to any justice or judge of the United States , or to any chancellor, judge of the supreme or superior court, or first judge of ...

Google previewDictionary of Policing (2013)

by Tim Newburn, Peter Neyroud

Bail is the releasing of a person suspected or charged with an offence while awaiting the outcome of an investigation or trial. If suspects or defendants are refused bail, they are either detained in police custody or remanded in custody by ...

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A good friend is someone who will bail you out of jail, but your best friend is the one sitting next to you saying ""that was fucking awesome"".
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Scrabble value of B3A1I1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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