From (etyl) .
(archaic) Health, welfare.
- All heedless of his dearest hale .
Representing a Northern dialectal form of (etyl) .
Sound, entire, healthy; robust, not impaired.
* Jonathan Swift
* 1883 , (Howard Pyle), (The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood)
- Last year we thought him strong and hale .
- "Good morrow to thee, jolly fellow," quoth Robin, "thou seemest happy this merry morn."
- "Ay, that am I," quoth the jolly Butcher, "and why should I not be so? Am I not hale in wind and limb? Have I not the bonniest lass in all Nottinghamshire? And lastly, am I not to be married to her on Thursday next in sweet Locksley Town?"
* Now rather uncommon, except in the stock phrase "hale and hearty".
From (etyl) halen, from (etyl) haler, from (etyl) ‘upright beam on a loom’). Doublet of (l).
To drag, pull, especially forcibly.
* , II.6:
* 1820 , (Percy Bysshe Shelley), , :
- For I had beene vilely hurried and haled by those poore men, which had taken the paines to carry me upon their armes a long and wearysome way, and to say truth, they had all beene wearied twice or thrice over, and were faine to shift severall times.
- The wingless, crawling hours, one among whom / As some dark Priest hales the reluctant victim / Shall drag thee, cruel King, to kiss the blood.
* 1992 , (Hilary Mantel), (A Place of Greater Safety) , Harper Perennial, 2007, page 262:
- He tried to persuade Cicely to stay away from the ball-room for a fourth dance..
- They will hale the King to Paris, and have him under their eye.
encircled with a halo
(astronomy) A circular band of coloured light, visible around the sun or moon etc., caused by reflection and refraction of light by ice crystals in the atmosphere.
(astronomy) A cloud of gas and other matter surrounding and captured by the gravitational field of a large diffuse astronomical object, such as a galaxy or cluster of galaxies.
Anything resembling this band, such as an effect caused by imperfect developing of photographs.
(religion) nimbus, a luminous disc, often of gold, around or over the heads of saints, etc., in religious paintings.
The metaphorical aura of glory, veneration or sentiment which surrounds an idealized entity.
* (luminous disc around head of saints in paintings) aureole, nimbus
To encircle with a halo.