What is Bale?

Legal Definition
A pack or certain quantity of goods or merchandise, wrapped or packed up in cloth and corded round very tightly, marked and numbered with figures corresponding to those in the bills of lading for the purpose ©f identification. Wharton. A bale of cotton is a certain quantity of that commodity compressed into a cubical form, so as to oceupy less room than when in bags. 2 Car. & P. 525. Penrice v. Co.cks, 2 Miss. 229. But see Bonham v. Railroad Co., 16 S. C. 634.
-- Black's Law Dictionary