from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lacking hair on the head.
- adj. Lacking a natural or usual covering: a bald spot on the lawn.
- adj. Lacking treads: a bald tire.
- adj. Zoology Having white feathers or markings on the head, as in some birds or mammals.
- adj. Lacking ornamentation; unadorned.
- adj. Undisguised; blunt: a bald statement of policy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having no hair, fur or feathers.
- adj. Of tyres: whose surface is worn away.
- adj. Of a statement: empirically unsupported.
- n. A mountain summit or crest that lacks forest growth despite a warm climate conducive to such, as is found in many places in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
- v. to become bald
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Destitute of the natural or common covering on the head or top, as of hair, feathers, foliage, trees, etc..
- adj. Destitute of ornament; unadorned; bare; literal.
- adj. Undisguised.
- adj. Destitute of dignity or value; paltry; mean.
- adj. Destitute of a beard or awn.
- adj. Destitute of the natural covering.
- adj. Marked with a white spot on the head; bald-faced.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wanting hair, as the head, in some part (usually the top, or front and top) where it naturally grows; partly or wholly deprived of hair on the head, as a person.
- Without the natural or usual covering of the head or top; bareheaded: as, a bald oak; a bald mountain.
- Destitute of beard or awn: as, bald wheat.
- Wanting force or meaning; meager; paltry: as, a bald sermon; a bald truism.
- Destitute of appropriate ornament; too bare, plain, or literal; unadorned; inelegant: as, “a bald translation,”
- Bare; open; undisguised.
- Having white on the face or head: specifically applied to several birds: as, the bald buzzard, eagle, etc.
- n. A natural meadow or grassy plain occurring on the rounded summit of a high mountain: a term in use in the southern extension of the Appalachian ranges, where a number of the highest knobs have their dome-shaped tops entirely bare of trees.
- To make bald; deprive of hair.
- An obsolete and dialectal form of bold.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lacking hair on all or most of the scalp
- adj. without the natural or usual covering
- adj. with no effort to conceal
- v. grow bald; lose hair on one's head
Middle English balled, probably from bal, ball; see ball1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English balled ("bald"), from ball ("white spot, blaze") ( + -ed), from Old English *bala ("white patch, blaze"), from Proto-Germanic *balô (“flame”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhela- (“light, bright”). Cognate with Danish bældet ("bald"), Gothic 𐌱𐌰𐌻𐌰- (bala-, "shining, grey (of body)"), Old English bǣl ("fire, flame; funeral pyre"). Cognate with Albanian balë ("white spot on the forehead") and ball ("forehead"). (Wiktionary)