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Definition of Bail


  1. A bucket or scoop used in bailing water out of a boat.
  2. To lade; to dip and throw; -- usually with out; as, to bail water out of a boat.
  3. To dip or lade water from; -- often with out to express completeness; as, to bail a boat.
  4. To deliver; to release.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Custody; keeping.
  8. The person or persons who procure the release of a prisoner from the custody of the officer, or from imprisonment, by becoming surely for his appearance in court.
  9. 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.
  10. The arched handle of a kettle, pail, or similar vessel, usually movable.
  11. A half hoop for supporting the cover of a carrier's wagon, awning of a boat, etc.
  12. A line of palisades serving as an exterior defense.
  13. The outer wall of a feudal castle. Hence: The space inclosed by it; the outer court.
  14. A certain limit within a forest.
  15. A division for the stalls of an open stable.
  16. The top or cross piece ( or either of the two cross pieces) of the wicket.
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Bail Translations

bail in French is caution
bail in Italian is cauzione
bail in Norwegian is kausjon
bail in Spanish is fianza
bail in Swedish is borgen