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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.

Bail Quotations

A man of courage never needs weapons, but he may need bail.
Lewis Mumford

But marriage goes in waves. You've got to be patient. People bail and give up on their marriages way too early. They just don't put the work and the effort into it. You've got to suck up your ego a lot of times, because that can be a big downfall.
Anna Benson

What I'm not saying is that all government spending is bad. It's not - far, far from it, but there is no free lunch, as a former colleague of mine used to say. There is no public tooth fairy. Father Christmas does not work on the Treasury staff this year. You can never bail someone out of trouble without putting someone else into trouble.
Arthur Laffer

Lots of people think I went to prison. I never went to prison. I was in jail without bail.
Bobby Seale

People are increasingly frustrated that decisions taken further and further away from them mean their living standards are slashed through enforced austerity or their taxes are used to bail out governments on the other side of the continent.
David Cameron
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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
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