Definition of "pale" []

  • A stake or pointed stick; a picket. (noun)
  • A fence enclosing an area. (noun)
  • The area enclosed by a fence or boundary. (noun)
  • A region or district lying within an imposed boundary or constituting a separate jurisdiction. (noun)
  • The medieval dominions of the English in Ireland. Used with the. (noun)
  • Lacking brightness of colour; whitish (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of a colour) whitish; produced by a relatively small quantity of colouring agent (adjective)
  • Dim or wan (adjective)
  • Feeble (adjective)
  • To make or become pale or paler; blanch (verb)
  • To lose superiority or importance (in comparison to) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "pale" in a sentence
  • "The difference cannot be that our language contains a single word (˜man™) for a rational animal, but no single word for a pale man, for Aristotle has already conceded (1029b28) that we might very well have had a single term (he suggests himation, literally ˜cloak™) for a pale man, but that would still not make the formula ˜pale man™ a definition nor pale man an essence (1030a2)."
  • "The class of beings signified by a universal term of this sort is indeed prior to the universal term, e.g., the class of pale things to the universal term ˜pale™."
  • "But even if unorthodox, and pro-Executive, and aggressive, readings of the law are in some cases permissible, what should be beyond the pale is acting in accord with a body of secret law. continue reading ..."