Rale vs Bale - What's the difference?

rale | bale |

As nouns the difference between rale and bale

is that rale is rabble, riff-raff while bale is white spot (on forehead).

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(en noun)
  • (medicine, now chiefly in plural) An abnormal clicking, rattling or crackling sound, made by one or both lungs and heard with a stethoscope, caused by the popping open of airways collapsed by fluid or exudate, or sometimes by pulmonary edema.
  • * 1840 , CM Billard, A Treatise on the Diseases of Infants , page 416:
  • Michael Colot, aged fifteen days, of a strong constitution, not having been sick from the time of birth, was, on the 22nd of November, taken with a violent cough, accompanied with a rale which could be heard without recourse to auscultation.
  • * 1861 , Austin Flint, American Medical Times , 7 Dec 1961:
  • If you were to tell a patient that he had a ‘rhonchus’ in his chest, he would imagine that it was something formidable, while, if you said that he had a ‘râle ’ he would not be alarmed.
  • * 1894 , (Arthur Conan Doyle), Round Red Lamp :
  • But after all the educated classes have a right to expect that their medical man will know the difference between a mitral murmur and a bronchitic rale .


    * crackles


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    See also

    * crackles, crepitations * bilateral; basal, basilar; bibasilar ----



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) .


  • Evil, especially considered as an active force for destruction or death.
  • Suffering, woe, torment.
  • * 1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , VI.7:
  • That other swayne, like ashes deadly pale, / Lay in the lap of death, rewing his wretched bale .
    Derived terms
    * baleful

    Etymology 2

    Form (etyl) (which may have been the direct source for the English word).


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A large fire, a conflagration or bonfire.
  • (archaic) A funeral pyre.
  • (archaic) A beacon-fire.
  • Derived terms
    * balefire * baleful

    Etymology 3

    Precise derivation uncertain: perhaps from (etyl) (m), (m), from , from (etyl); or perhaps from (etyl) (m), itself borrowed from (etyl).


    (en noun)
  • A rounded bundle or package of goods in a cloth cover, and corded for storage or transportation.
  • A bundle of compressed wool or hay, compacted for shipping and handling.
  • A measurement of hay equal to 10 flakes. Approximately 70-90 lbs (32-41 kg).
  • A measurement of paper equal to 10 reams.
  • Derived terms
    * bale of dice
    Coordinate terms
    * (measurement of paper) bundle, quire, ream
    See also


  • To wrap into a bale.
  • Etymology 4

    Alternative spelling of (bail)


  • (British, nautical) To remove water from a boat with buckets etc.
  • See also