adjective, paler, palest.
of a low degree of chroma, saturation, or purity; approaching white or gray:
not bright or brilliant; dim:
the pale moon.
faint or feeble; lacking vigor:
a pale protest.
verb (used with or without object), paled, paling.
to make or become pale:
to pale at the sight of blood.
lacking brightness of colour; whitish: pale morning light
(of a colour) whitish; produced by a relatively small quantity of colouring agent
dim or wan: the pale stars
feeble: a pale effort
(South African) a euphemism for White
to make or become pale or paler; blanch
(intransitive) often foll by before. to lose superiority or importance (in comparison to): her beauty paled before that of her hostess
a wooden post or strip used as an upright member in a fence
an enclosing barrier, esp a fence made of pales
an area enclosed by a pale
a sphere of activity within which certain restrictions are applied
(heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a vertical stripe, usually in the centre of a shield
beyond the pale, outside the limits of social convention
(transitive) to enclose with pales
early 14c., from Old French paile “pale, light-colored” (12c., Modern French pâle), from Latin pallidus “pale, pallid, wan, colorless,” from pallere “be pale, grow pale,” from PIE *pel- (2) “pale” (see pallor). Pale-face, supposed North American Indian word for “European,” is attested from 1822.
early 13c. (c.1200 in Anglo-Latin), “stake, pole, stake for vines,” from Old French pal and directly from Latin palus “stake, prop, wooden post,” related to pangere “to fix or fasten” (see pact).
From late 14c. as “fence of pointed stakes;” figurative sense of “limit, boundary, restriction” is from c.1400. Barely surviving in beyond the pale and similar phrases. Meaning “the part of Ireland under English rule” is from 1540s, via sense of “territory held by power of a nation or people” (mid-15c.).
late 14c., “become pale; appear pale” (also, in Middle English, “to make pale”), from Old French paleir (12c.) or from pale (adj.). Related: Paled; paling.
see: beyond the pale
noun 1. a representation of Death, as in literature or the Bible.
[pah-lem-bahng] /ˌpɑ lɛmˈbɑŋ/ noun 1. a city in SE Sumatra, in W Indonesia. /pɑːˈlɛmbɑːŋ/ noun 1. a port in W Indonesia, in S Sumatra; oil refineries; university (1955). Pop: 1 451 419 (2000)
[puh-len-shuh; Spanish pah-len-thyah] /pəˈlɛn ʃə; Spanish pɑˈlɛn θyɑ/ noun 1. a city in Castilla y León, N Spain. /Spanish paˈlenθia/ noun 1. a city in N central Spain: earliest university in Spain (1208); seat of Castilian kings (12th–13th centuries); communications centre. Pop: 81 378 (2003 est)
[pah-leng-ke] /pɑˈlɛŋ kɛ/ noun 1. a village in SE Mexico, in Chiapas state: ruins of an ancient Mayan city. /Spanish paˈleŋke/ noun 1. the site of an ancient Mayan city in S Mexico famous for its architectural ruins