1. Wanting in color; not ruddy; dusky white; pallid; wan; as, a pale face; a pale red; a pale blue. "Pale as a
forpined ghost." Chaucer.
Speechless he stood and pale.Milton.
They are not of complexion red or pale.T. Randolph.
2. Not bright or brilliant; of a faint luster or hue; dim; as, the pale light of the moon.
The night, methinks, is but the daylight sick;Shak.
It looks a little paler.
Pale is often used in the formation of self- explaining compounds; as, pale-colored, pale-eyed, pale-
faced, pale-looking, etc.
(Pale), n. Paleness; pallor. [R.] Shak.
(Pale), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Paled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Paling.] To turn pale; to lose color or luster.
Apt to pale at a trodden worm.Mrs. Browning.
(Pale), v. t. To make pale; to diminish the brightness of.
The glowworm shows the matin to be near,Shak.
And gins to pale his uneffectual fire.
(Pale), n. [F. pal, fr. L. palus: cf. D. paal. See Pol a stake, and lst Pallet.]
1. 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.
Deer creep through when a pale tumbles down.Mortimer.
2. That which incloses or fences in; a boundary; a limit; a fence; a palisade. "Within one pale or hedge."
3. A space or field having bounds or limits; a limited region or place; an inclosure; often used figuratively.
"To walk the studious cloister's pale." Milton. "Out of the pale of civilization." Macaulay.
4. A stripe or band, as on a garment. Chaucer.
5. (Her.) One of the greater ordinaries, being a broad perpendicular stripe in an escutcheon, equally
distant from the two edges, and occupying one third of it.
6. A cheese scoop. Simmonds.
7. (Shipbuilding) A shore for bracing a timber before it is fastened.
English pale (Hist.), the limits or territory within which alone the English conquerors of Ireland held
dominion for a long period after their invasion of the country in 1172. Spencer.
(Pale), v. t. To inclose with pales, or as with pales; to encircle; to encompass; to fence off.
[Your isle, which stands] ribbed and paled inShak.
With rocks unscalable and roaring waters.