What does the word bale mean?

Usage examples for bale

  1. When complete, a bale is a solid mass three feet and a half long, a foot deep, and a foot wide. – How I Found Livingstone by Sir Henry M. Stanley
  2. A love that is to be had like a bale of goods is not exactly the love to suit my taste. – John Bull on the Guadalquivir from Tales from all Countries by Anthony Trollope
  3. Loose thy shaft at that bale, and I loose this at thy throat. – The Sea-Hawk by Raphael Sabatini