Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Free from infirmity or illness; sound. See Synonyms at healthy.
  • transitive v. To compel to go: "In short order the human rights campaign was haled before a high court of indignation” ( Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
  • transitive v. Archaic To pull, draw, drag, or hoist.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Sound, entire, healthy; robust, not impaired.
  • n. Health, welfare.
  • v. To drag, pull, especially forcibly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sound; entire; healthy; robust; not impaired.
  • n. Welfare.
  • transitive v. To pull; to drag; to haul.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To drag; draw; pull; move by dragging.
  • To vex; trouble; worry; “pull and haul.”
  • To get by solicitation or importunity.
  • To go or come by means of drawing, pushing, or pressing; push or press on; move on; proceed.
  • Sound; entire; healthy; robust; not impaired in health: as, hale of body.
  • Whole; entire; unbroken; without a break or other impairment.
  • To pour out.
  • n. A violent pull; a haul; the act of dragging forcibly.
  • n. A rake with long teeth for raking pebbles from brooks.
  • n. An instrument for hanging a pot over a fire.
  • n. Safety; welfare: same as heal.
  • n. A tent; a pavilion; a temporary shelter.
  • n. A pseudo-archaic form of hole.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
  • v. draw slowly or heavily
  • n. United States astronomer who discovered that sunspots are associated with strong magnetic fields (1868-1938)
  • n. a soldier of the American Revolution who was hanged as a spy by the British; his last words were supposed to have been `I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country' (1755-1776)
  • n. prolific United States writer (1822-1909)
  • v. to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English hāl; see kailo- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English halen, to pull, drag, from Old French haler, of Germanic origin; see kelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English hǣlu, hǣl, from a noun-derivative of Proto-Germanic *hailaz (“whole, healthy”). (Wiktionary)
Representing a Northern dialectal form of Old English hāl ("whole"), perhaps influenced by Old Norse heill (Webster's suggests ‘partly from OE, partly from ON’). Compare whole, hail (adjective). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English halen, from Anglo-Norman haler, from Old Dutch *halōn (compare Dutch halen), from Proto-Germanic *halōnan (compare Old English geholian, West Frisian helje, German holen), from Proto-Indo-European *kelh₁- ‘to lift’ (compare Latin excellere ‘to surpass’, Tocharian B käly- ‘to stand, stay’, Albanian qell ("to halt, hold up, carry"), Lithuanian kélti ‘to raise up’, Ancient Greek κελέοντες (keléontes) ‘upright beam on a loom’). Doublet of haul. (Wiktionary)

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