Definition of Pale

1. Noun. A wooden strip forming part of a fence.

Exact synonyms: Picket
Group relationships: Paling, Picket Fence
Generic synonyms: Strip
Derivative terms: Picket

2. Verb. Turn pale, as if in fear.
Exact synonyms: Blanch, Blench
Generic synonyms: Color, Colour, Discolor, Discolour
Derivative terms: Pallor

3. Adjective. Very light colored; highly diluted with white. "Pale blue eyes"
Similar to: Light, Light-colored
Derivative terms: Paleness

4. Adjective. (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble. "The wan light of dawn"
Exact synonyms: Pallid, Sick, Wan
Similar to: Weak
Derivative terms: Paleness

5. Adjective. Lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness. "A pallid performance"
Exact synonyms: Pallid
Similar to: Colorless, Colourless

6. Adjective. Abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress. "Her wan face suddenly flushed"
Exact synonyms: Pallid, Wan
Similar to: Colorless, Colourless
Derivative terms: Paleness, Pallidness, Wanness

7. Adjective. Not full or rich. "High, pale, pure and lovely song"
Similar to: Thin

Definition of Pale

1. a. Wanting in color; not ruddy; dusky white; pallid; wan; as, a pale face; a pale red; a pale blue.

2. n. Paleness; pallor.

3. v. i. To turn pale; to lose color or luster.

4. v. t. To make pale; to diminish the brightness of.

5. n. A pointed stake or slat, either driven into the ground, or fastened to a rail at the top and bottom, for fencing or inclosing; a picket.

6. v. t. To inclose with pales, or as with pales; to encircle; to encompass; to fence off.

Definition of Pale

1. Adjective. Light in color. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: of human skin) Having a pallor (a light color, especially due to sickness, shock, fright etc.) ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To become pale, to become insignificant. ¹

4. Noun. Wooden stake. ¹

5. Noun. (archaic) Fence made from wooden stake; palisade. ¹

6. Noun. (by extension) Limits, bounds (especially before (term of)). ¹

7. Noun. The bounds of morality, good behaviour or judgment in civilized company, in the phrase ''beyond the pale''. ¹

8. Noun. (heraldry) A vertical band down the middle of a shield. ¹

9. Noun. (archaic) A territory or defensive area within a specific boundary or under a given jurisdiction. ¹

10. Noun. (archaic) The jurisdiction (territorial or otherwise) of an authority. ¹

11. Verb. To enclose with pales, or as if with pales; to encircle or encompass; to fence off. ¹

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Definition of Pale

1. lacking intensity of color [adj PALER, PALEST] / to make or become pale [v PALED, PALING, PALES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pale

palatum osseum
pale (current term)
pale-browed tinamou
pale-browed tinamous
pale ale
pale blue dot
pale chrysanthemum aphid
pale coral root
pale globe
pale hypertension
pale in comparison
pale infarct
pale thrombus
pale violet
pale yellow

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