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Noun: bail  beyl
  1. (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial
    "the judge set bail at $10,000";
    - bail bond, bond
  2. (law) the legal system that allows an accused person to be temporarily released from custody (usually on condition that a sum of money guarantees their appearance at trial)
    "he is out on bail"
  3. A bucket or scoop used for removing water, e.g. from a boat
    - bale [Brit]
  4. (cricket) one of the two wooden crosspieces that rest on top of the stumps to form a wicket
  5. The person providing a payment to be temporarily released from custody
Verb: bail  beyl
  1. Release after a security has been paid
  2. Deliver something in trust to somebody for a special purpose and for a limited period
  3. Secure the release of (someone) by providing security
  4. Empty (a vessel) by bailing
  5. Remove (water) from a vessel with a container

Sounds like: bale

Derived forms: bailing, bailed, bails

Type of: deliver, empty, fork out, fork over, fork up, free, guarantee, hand over, legal system, liberate, loose, recognisance [Brit, Cdn], recognizance, release, remove, render, take, take away, turn in, unloose, unloosen, vouch, withdraw

Encyclopedia: Bail