Word of The Day for Saturday, April 23, 2011


(heyl)  adj

free from disease or infirmity; robust; vigorous

haleness noun

before 1000; O.E. hal "healthy, entire, uninjured". The Scottish and northern English form of whole; it was given a literary sense of "free from infirmity" (1734).

Synonyms: fit, healthy, hearty, robust, strapping, strong, vigorous, well
Related Words: whole, health

Sentence Examples:
• Joseph was an elderly, nay, an old man: very old, perhaps, though hale and sinewy. - Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

• “After all, there is a countryman of ours on board,” I said, pointing to a pair of broad shoulders, disappearing under the companion-hatch. I caught sight of him just now; a fine, hale man, rather advanced in years, with a fair complexion, ruddy, and a profusion of grey hair. He wears a suit of drab; very plain, but well turned out. - Rambles in the Islands of Corsica and Sardinia, Thomas Forester

• Or, nearer home, our steps he led
  Where Salisbury’s level marshes spread
  Mile-wide as flies the laden bee;
  Where merry mowers, hale and strong,
  Swept, scythe on scythe, their swaths along
  The low green prairies of the sea.
-Snow-Bound, John Greenleaf Whittier

(heyl) v

1. to compel to go
2. to pull, draw, drag, or hoist (archaic)

haled past participle; halded past tense; haling present participle; hales 3rd person singular present

c.1200,  in M.E. used of arrows, bowstrings, reins, anchors, from O.Fr. haler "to pull, haul" (12c.), from a Germanic source, perhaps Frankish *halon or O.Du. halen; probably also from O.E. geholian "obtain". Figurative sense of "to draw (someone) from one condition to another" is late 14c.

Synonyms: compel, coerce, oblige
Related Words: halyard, haul

Sentence Examples:
• It is not enough to catch a ghost white-handed and to hale him into the full glare of the electric light. A brutal misuse of the supernatural is perhaps the very lowest degradation of the art of fiction. - Short Story Writing, Charles Raymond Barrett

• Ah, but this was not a joke—this was going beyond fun.  The laughter ceased on the instant, and fury took its place.  A dozen shouted— "Hale him forth!  To the horse-pond, to the horse-pond!  Where be the dogs?  Ho, there, Lion! ho, Fangs!" - The Prince and Pauper, Mark Twain

•    Not long he stay'd within his quiet house,
     To rest his bones after his weary toil;
     But new exploits do hale him out again:
     And, mounted then upon a dragon's back,
     That with his wings did part the subtle air,
     He now is gone to prove cosmography,
     That measures coasts and kingdoms of the earth;
     And, as I guess, will first arrive at Rome,
     To see the Pope and manner of his court,
     And take some part of holy Peter's feast,
     The which this day is highly solemniz'd.
- Dr. Faustus, Christopher Marlowe

Sources: Dictionary.com, Free Dictionary, Online Etymology

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