- Feeble, faint.
"He is but a pale shadow of his former self."
- (of human skin) Having a pallor (a light color, especially due to sickness, shock, fright etc.).
"His face turned pale after hearing about his mother's death."
- Light in color.
"I have pale yellow wallpaper. She had pale skin because she didn't get much sunlight."
- (archaic) A territory or defensive area within a specific boundary or under a given jurisdiction.
- (historical) A portion of Russia in which Jews were permitted to live.
- A shore for bracing a timber before it is fastened.
- (archaic) Fence made from wooden stake; palisade.
- (heraldry) A vertical band down the middle of a shield.
- (historical) The territory around Calais under English control (from the 14th to 16th centuries).
- A cheese scoop.
- A wooden stake; a picket.
- The bounds of morality, good behaviour or judgment in civilized company, in the phrase beyond the pale.
- (historical) The parts of Ireland under English jurisdiction.
- (archaic) The jurisdiction (territorial or otherwise) of an authority.
- (obsolete) Paleness; pallor.
- (by extension) Limits, bounds (especially before of).
- (transitive) To make pale; to diminish the brightness of.
- (intransitive) To become insignificant.
"2006 New York Times Its financing pales next to the tens of billions that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will have at its disposal, ..."
- To enclose with pales, or as if with pales; to encircle or encompass; to fence off.
"[Your isle, which stands] ribbed and paled in / With rocks unscalable and roaring waters. — Shakespeare."
- (intransitive) To turn pale; to lose colour.