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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bail
A bucket or scoop used in bailing water out of a boat.

Etymology: F. baille a bucket, pail; cf. LL. bacula, dim. of bacca a sort of vessel. Cf. Bac

verb Bail
Senses
  1. To lade; to dip and throw; -- usually with out; as, to bail water out of a boat."Buckets . . . to bail out the water." [Capt. J. Smith.]
  2. To dip or lade water from; -- often with out to express completeness; as, to bail a boat."By the help of a small bucket and our hats we bailed her out." [R. H. Dana, Jr.]
verb Bail
Senses
  1. To deliver; to release.(Obs)"Ne none there was to rescue her, ne none to bail." [Spenser.]
  2. [Law]
    1. To set free, or deliver from arrest, or out of custody, on the undertaking of some other person or persons that he or they will be responsible for the appearance, at a certain day and place, of the person bailed.
    2. To deliver, as goods in trust, for some special object or purpose, upon a contract, expressed or implied, that the trust shall be faithfully executed on the part of the bailee, or person intrusted; as, to bail cloth to a tailor to be made into a garment; to bail goods to a carrier.

Note: ☞ The word is applied to the magistrate or the surety. The magistrate bailsbut admits to bail is commoner) a man when he liberates him from arrest or imprisonment upon bond given with sureties. The surety bails a person when he procures his release from arrest by giving bond for his appearance.

Etymology: OF. bailler to give, to deliver, fr. L. bajulare to bear a burden, keep in custody, fr. bajulus he who bears burdens

noun Bail
Senses
  1. Custody; keeping.(Obs)"Silly Faunus now within their bail." [Spenser.]
  2. [Law]
    1. The person or persons who procure the release of a prisoner from the custody of the officer, or from imprisonment, by becoming surety for his appearance in court.
      "The bail must be real, substantial bondsmen." [Blackstone.]
      "A. and B. were bail to the arrest in a suit at law." [Kent.]
    2. The security given for the appearance of a prisoner in order to obtain his release from custody of the officer; as, the man is out on bail; to go bail for any one.
      "Excessive bail ought not to be required." [Blackstone.]

Etymology: OF. bail guardian, administrator, fr. L. bajulus. See Bail to deliver

noun Bail
Senses
  1. The arched handle of a kettle, pail, or similar vessel, usually movable.
  2. A half hoop for supporting the cover of a carrier's wagon, awning of a boat, etc.

Etymology: OE. beyl; cf. Dan. böile a bending, ring, hoop, Sw. bögel bygel, and Icel. beyla hump, swelling, akin to E. bow to bend

noun Bail
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  1. pl.A line of palisades serving as an exterior defense. Alt. spell.: bayle (Obs)
  2. The outer wall of a feudal castle. Hence: The space inclosed by it; the outer court.
  3. A certain limit within a forest.(Eng)
  4. A division for the stalls of an open stable.
  5. [Cricket] The top or cross piece (or either of the two cross pieces) of the wicket.

Etymology: OF. bail baille. See Bailey

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. 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) ("he is out on bail")
  2. (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial ("the judge set bail at $10,000")
  3. Remove (water) from a vessel with a container
  4. Empty (a vessel) by bailing
  5. Secure the release of (someone) by providing security
  6. Deliver something in trust to somebody for a special purpose and for a limited period
  7. Release after a security has been paid
Wiktionary

From the Old French verb bailler (“to deliver or hand over”) and noun bail (“lease”), from Latin bāiulāre, present active infinitive of bāiulō (“carry or bear”), from baiulus (“porter; steward”) (English: bailiff).

  1. 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. (law, Britain) Release from imprisonment on payment of such money.
  3. (law, Britain) The person providing such payment.
  4. A bucket or scoop used for removing water from a boat etc.
  5. (obsolete) Custody; keeping.

From a shortening of bail out, which from above.

From Middle English beyl, from Old Norse beygla (“a bend, ring or hoop”).

  1. A hoop, ring or handle (especially of a kettle or bucket).
  2. A stall for a cow (or other animal) (usually tethered with a semi-circular hoop).
  3. A hinged bar as a restraint for animals, or on a typewriter.
  4. (chiefly Australia and New Zealand) A frame to restrain a cow during milking or feeding.
  5. A hoop, ring, or other object used to connect a pendant to a necklace.
  6. (cricket) One of the two wooden crosspieces that rest on top of the stumps to form a wicket.
  7. (furniture) Normally curved handle suspended between sockets as a drawer pull. This may also be on a kettle or pail.
Calf feeding bails in Rosevale, Queensland, March 1952
  1. A hoop, ring or handle (especially of a kettle or bucket).
  2. A stall for a cow (or other animal) (usually tethered with a semi-circular hoop).
  3. A hinged bar as a restraint for animals, or on a typewriter.
  4. (chiefly Australia and New Zealand) A frame to restrain a cow during milking or feeding.
  5. A hoop, ring, or other object used to connect a pendant to a necklace.
  6. (cricket) One of the two wooden crosspieces that rest on top of the stumps to form a wicket.
  7. (furniture) Normally curved handle suspended between sockets as a drawer pull. This may also be on a kettle or pail.

From French baillier.

    bail was also found in the following language(s): French, Irish, Latvian, and Scottish Gaelic

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    Ethnicity Bail U.S.
      White 81.67% 64.26%
      African American 12.13% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.50% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.60% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.50% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.60% 16.26%

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    • How Popular is the name Bail? As a last name Bail was the 2,421st most popular name in 2010.
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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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