1. [ verb ] deliver something in trust to somebody for a special purpose and for a limited period
Related terms: hand_over bailment
2. [ noun ] (law) the legal system that allows an accused person to be temporarily released from custody (usually on condition that a sum of money guarantees their appearance at trial)

"he is out on bail"

Related terms: legal_system law
3. [ verb ] remove (water) from a vessel with a container
Related terms: remove
4. [ verb ] empty (a vessel) by bailing
Related terms: empty
5. [ verb ] secure the release of (someone) by providing security
Related terms: guarantee bailor
6. [ verb ] release after a security has been paid
Related terms: free
7. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 18819
8. [ noun ] (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial
Synonyms: bond bail_bond

"the judge set bail at $10,000" "a $10,000 bond was furnished by an alderman"

Related terms: recognizance criminal_law
Similar spelling:   Baily