- (chiefly Australia and New Zealand) A frame to restrain a cow during milking or feeding.
- Security, usually a sum of money, exchanged for the release of an arrested person as a guarantee of that person's appearance for trial.
- (furniture) Normally curved handle suspended between sockets as a drawer pull. This may also be on a kettle or pail, as the wire bail handle shown in the drawing.
- A bucket or scoop used for removing water from a boat etc.
- A hinged bar as a restraint for animals, or on a typewriter.
- (cricket) One of the two wooden crosspieces that rest on top of the stumps to form a wicket.
- (law, Britain) The person providing such payment.
- A stall for a cow (or other animal) (usually tethered with a semi-circular hoop).
- A hoop, ring, or other object used to connect a pendant to a necklace.
- (law, Britain) Release from imprisonment on payment of such money.
- (obsolete) Custody; keeping.
- A hoop, ring or handle (especially of a kettle or bucket).
- (Australia, New Zealand) To secure (a cow) by placing its head in a bail for milking.
- (law) To release a person under such guarantee.
- (nautical, transitive) To remove water from (a boat) by scooping it out.
"to bail a boat"
- (informal) To fail to meet a commitment.
- (rare) To confine.
- To secure the release of an arrested person by providing bail.
- (nautical, transitive) To remove (water) from a boat by scooping it out.
"to bail water out of a boat"
- (slang) To exit quickly.
"With his engine in flames, the pilot had no choice but to bail."
- To secure the head of a cow during milking.
- (law) To hand over personal property to be held temporarily by another as a bailment.
"to bail cloth to a tailor to be made into a garment; to bail goods to a carrier"
- (Australia, New Zealand) To keep (a traveller) detained in order to rob them; to corner (a wild animal); loosely, to detain, hold up. (Usually with up.)
- To set free; to deliver; to release.