Pronunciation: (pāl), [key]
adj., pal•er, pal•est,
v., paled, pal•ing.

1. lacking intensity of color; colorless or whitish: a pale complexion.
2. of a low degree of chroma, saturation, or purity; approaching white or gray: pale yellow.
3. not bright or brilliant; dim: the pale moon.
4. faint or feeble; lacking vigor: a pale protest.

v.i., v.t.
to make or become pale: to pale at the sight of blood.


Pronunciation: (pāl), [key]
n., v., paled, pal•ing.

1. a stake or picket, as of a fence.
2. an enclosing or confining barrier; enclosure.
3. an enclosed area.
4. limits; bounds: outside the pale of his jurisdiction.
5. a district or region within designated bounds.
6. (cap.) Also called English Pale, Irish Pale. a district in eastern Ireland included in the Angevin Empire of King Henry II and his successors.
7. an ordinary in the form of a broad vertical stripe at the center of an escutcheon.
8. Shipbuilding.a shore used inside to support the deck beams of a hull under construction.
9. beyond the pale, beyond the limits of propriety, courtesy, protection, safety, etc.: Their public conduct is certainly beyond the pale.

1. to enclose with pales; fence.
2. to encircle or encompass.


var. of paleo- before most vowels: paleethnology. Also, esp. Brit.,palae-.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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