—adj. 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.
—n. 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.
—v.t. 1. to enclose with pales; fence.
2. to encircle or encompass.
var. of paleo- before most vowels: paleethnology.Also,esp. Brit.,palae-.