pale


pale
pale
pale1 [pāl]
adj.
paler, palest [OFr < L pallidus, pale: see FALLOW2]
1. of a whitish or colorless complexion; pallid; wan
2. lacking intensity or brilliance: said of color, light, etc.; faint; dim
3. feeble; weak [a pale imitation]
vi.
paled, paling
1. to become pale
2. to seem weaker or less important
vt.
to make pale
palely
adv.
paleness
n.
SYN.- PALE1, in this comparison the least connotative of these words, implies merely an unnatural whiteness or colorlessness, often temporary, of the complexion; PALLID suggests a paleness resulting from exhaustion, faintness, emotional strain, etc.; WAN1 suggests the paleness resulting from an emaciating illness; ASHEN1 implies the grayish paleness of the skin as in death; LIVID refers to a grayish-blue (or now, sometimes, white) complexion, as of one in great rage or fear
-ANT. RUDDY, ROSY
pale2 [pāl]
n.
[ME < MFr pal < L palus, a stake < IE base * pak-, to fasten (as by ramming into the ground) > Gr passalos, a peg, stake, L pax, peace]
1. a narrow, upright, pointed stake used in fences; picket
2. a fence; enclosure; boundary; restriction: now chiefly figurative [outside the pale of the law, beyond the pale (of respectability)]
3. a territory or district enclosed within bounds
4. Bot. a chaffy bract or scale; esp., a bract at the base of a floret of a composite flower
5. Heraldry a vertical band forming the middle third of a shield

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