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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)

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.

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 ..."