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Definitions of bail

  1. release after a security has been paid
  2. 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. ( 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"; " a $ 10, 000 bond was furnished by an alderman"
  4. remove ( water) from a vessel with a container
  5. empty ( a vessel) by bailing
  6. secure the release of ( someone) by providing security
  7. deliver something in trust to somebody for a special purpose and for a limited period
  8. A bucket or scoop used in bailing water out of a boat.
  9. To deliver; to release.
  10. To set free, or deliver from arrest, or out of custody, on the undertaking of some other person or persons that he or they will be responsible for the appearance, at a certain day and place, of the person bailed.
  11. To deliver, as goods in trust, for some special object or purpose, upon a contract, expressed or implied, that the trust shall be faithfully executed on the part of the bailee, or person intrusted; as, to bail cloth to a tailor to be made into a garment; to bail goods to a carrier.
  12. Custody; keeping.
  13. The person or persons who procure the release of a prisoner from the custody of the officer, or from imprisonment, by becoming surely for his appearance in court.
  14. The security given for the appearance of a prisoner in order to obtain his release from custody of the officer; as, the man is out on bail; to go bail for any one.
  15. The arched handle of a kettle, pail, or similar vessel, usually movable.
  16. A half hoop for supporting the cover of a carrier's wagon, awning of a boat, etc.
  17. A line of palisades serving as an exterior defense.
  18. A certain limit within a forest.
  19. A division for the stalls of an open stable.
  20. The top or cross piece ( or either of the two cross pieces) of the wicket.
  21. The money paid to the court, usually at arraignment or shortly thereafter, to ensure that an arrested person who is released from jail will show up at all required court appearances. The amount of bail is determined by the local bail schedule, which is based on the seriousness of the offense. The judge can increase the bail if the prosecutor convinces him that the defendant is likely to flee ( for example, if he has failed to show up in court in the past), or he can decrease it if the defense attorney shows that the defendant is unlikely to run ( for example, he has strong ties to the community by way of a steady job and a family).
  22. To lade; to dip and throw; - usually with out; as, to bail water out of a boat.
  23. To dip or lade water from; - often with out to express completeness; as, to bail a boat.
  24. To free from arrest upon receipt of a guarantee ( money or bond) that the person thus freed will return at a stated time; to empty of water by dipping or throwing it out; as, to bail a boat; to dip out, as water, with a utensil.
  25. To dip water from a boat, etc.
  26. The person or persons who provide security for the release of a prisoner; the security tendered, or accepted; the scoop or pail used in dipping water out of a boat; in cricket, either of two cross pieces placed end to end on the wicket; a handle or hoop.
  27. One who procures the release of an accused person by becoming guardian or security for his appearing in court: the security given.
  28. To set a person free by giving security for him: to release on the security of another.
  29. One of the cross pieces on the top of the wicket in cricket; also, the handle of a pail, bucket or kettle. ( Amer.).
  30. To clear ( a boat) of water with buckets.
  31. One who gives security for another's appearance at court; the sum given as security.
  32. To give bail; release on bail.
  33. To admit to bail; set free on bail; also, to become surety for.
  34. To provide with a bail or handle.
  35. To dip out, as water.
  36. To clear of water by dipping it out.
  37. One who becomes surety for another.
  38. The security given or agreed upon.
  39. Release, or privilege of release, on security for future appearance.
  40. The handle of a pail.
  41. A division in a stable.
  42. Cricket. One of the crosspieces of the wicket.
  43. A small stick resting on the wickets.
  44. To give security on the release of a prisoner for his appearance at trial: to admit to bail; to releaso upon bail; to deliver goods in trust, upon a contract; to lave out water from a boat. To admit to bail, to release a security. To find bail, to procure security.
  45. The outer wall of a feudal castle. Hence: The space inclosed by it; the outer court.
  46. To set free; to liberate on the security of another; to lave out or free from water.
  47. Surety for another.
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Usage examples for bail

  1. And I will take your bail for his appearance, Dr Jolliffe." – Dr. Jolliffe's Boys by Lewis Hough
  2. But he was too deep, and too ready, and too clever for me, and by the time the two men had come back out of breath, and confessed that they had lost the track in a crowd, and been scolded like thieves, I would have gone bail for the innocence of Long John Silver. – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  3. While I had been gone, two of the guys had had to bail out of their P- 39s due to engine trouble. – The Biography of a Rabbit by Roy Benson, Jr.
  4. He thinks that if you, or anybody, was to go bail for the child and save him from the consequences of his wicked deed, that a great mistake would be made. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  5. Would bail be considered? – The Gloved Hand by Burton E. Stevenson
  6. He was arrested by order of this woman, and conducted to the house of a Sheriff's Officer, where he remained some time at a great expence, in hopes of finding bail. – The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753),Vol. V. by Theophilus Cibber
  7. My hands are cold coming over the moors, else would I go bail to point the mouth at you for an hour, sir, and no cause for uneasiness. – Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor by R. D. Blackmore
  8. Bail, Myry, while I rows. – Tess of the Storm Country by Grace Miller White
  9. We must bail and run soon. – In the Yellow Sea by Henry Frith
  10. I'm only out, for this vacation, on bail. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  11. Why, that he has got bail. – A Double Knot by George Manville Fenn
  12. You couldn't help me I'll go bail. – The Adventures of Akbar by Flora Annie Steel
  13. Look here, you tried for bail, I understand? – The Just and the Unjust by Vaughan Kester
  14. It's nothing less than a crown piece, I'll go bail. – The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope
  15. They made their way up a small inlet, where, sheltered from the gale, the canoes at length floated quietly, and their crews set to work to bail them out. – Waihoura, the Maori Girl by W.H.G. Kingston
  16. Is it to bail him out with?" – The Husbands of Edith by George Barr McCutcheon
  17. At Rome to bail I'm summoned. – The Satires, Epistles, and Art of Poetry by Horace a.k.a. Quintus Horatius Flaccus Translated by John Conington, M. A.
  18. Well, Mr. Thompson, what is it- fine or bail? – The Desire of the Moth; and The Come On by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
  19. If he's a young man yet, I'll go bail he hasn't a hair between him an' heaven. – Vignettes of Manhattan; Outlines in Local Color by Brander Matthews
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