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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ordinary \Or"di*na*ry\, n.; pl. Ordinaries (-r[i^]z).
     1. (Law)
        (a) (Roman Law) An officer who has original jurisdiction
            in his own right, and not by deputation.
        (b) (Eng. Law) One who has immediate jurisdiction in
            matters ecclesiastical; an ecclesiastical judge; also,
            a deputy of the bishop, or a clergyman appointed to
            perform divine service for condemned criminals and
            assist in preparing them for death.
        (c) (Am. Law) A judicial officer, having generally the
            powers of a judge of probate or a surrogate.
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     2. The mass; the common run. [Obs.]
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              I see no more in you than in the ordinary
              Of nature's salework.                 --Shak.
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     3. That which is so common, or continued, as to be considered
        a settled establishment or institution. [R.]
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              Spain had no other wars save those which were grown
              into an ordinary.                     --Bacon.
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     4. Anything which is in ordinary or common use.
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              Water buckets, wagons, cart wheels, plow socks, and
              other ordinaries.                     --Sir W.
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     5. A dining room or eating house where a meal is prepared for
        all comers, at a fixed price for the meal, in distinction
        from one where each dish is separately charged; a table
        d'h[^o]te; hence, also, the meal furnished at such a
        dining room. --Shak.
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              All the odd words they have picked up in a
              coffeehouse, or a gaming ordinary, are produced as
              flowers of style.                     --Swift.
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              He exacted a tribute for licenses to hawkers and
              peddlers and to ordinaries.           --Bancroft.
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     6. (Her.) A charge or bearing of simple form, one of nine or
        ten which are in constant use. The bend, chevron,
        chief, cross, fesse, pale, and saltire are
        uniformly admitted as ordinaries. Some authorities include
        bar, bend sinister, pile, and others. See Subordinary.
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     In ordinary.
        (a) In actual and constant service; statedly attending and
            serving; as, a physician or chaplain in ordinary. An
            ambassador in ordinary is one constantly resident at a
            foreign court.
        (b) (Naut.) Out of commission and laid up; -- said of a
            naval vessel.
     Ordinary of the Mass (R. C. Ch.), the part of the Mass
        which is the same every day; -- called also the canon of
        the Mass.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pale \Pale\, v. t.
     To make pale; to diminish the brightness of.
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           The glowworm shows the matin to be near,
           And 'gins to pale his uneffectual fire.  --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pale \Pale\, n. [F. pal, fr. L. palus: cf. D. paal. See Pole a
     stake, and 1st Pallet.]
     1. A pointed stake or slat, either driven into the ground, or
        fastened to a rail at the top and bottom, for fencing or
        inclosing; a picket.
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              Deer creep through when a pale tumbles down.
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     2. That which incloses or fences in; a boundary; a limit; a
        fence; a palisade. "Within one pale or hedge." --Robynson
        (More's Utopia).
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     3. A space or field having bounds or limits; a limited region
        or place; an inclosure; -- often used figuratively. "To
        walk the studious cloister's pale." --Milton. "Out of the
        pale of civilization." --Macaulay.
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     4. Hence: A region within specified bounds, whether or not
        enclosed or demarcated.
     5. A stripe or band, as on a garment. --Chaucer.
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     6. (Her.) One of the greater ordinaries, being a broad
        perpendicular stripe in an escutcheon, equally distant
        from the two edges, and occupying one third of it.
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     7. A cheese scoop. --Simmonds.
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     8. (Shipbuilding) A shore for bracing a timber before it is
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     English pale, Irish pale (Hist.), the limits or territory
        in Eastern Ireland within which alone the English
        conquerors of Ireland held dominion for a long period
        after their invasion of the country by Henry II in 1172.
        See note, below.
     beyond the pale outside the limits of what is allowed or
        proper; also, outside the limits within which one is
        protected. --Spencer.
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     Note: The English Pale. That part of Ireland in which English
           law was acknowledged, and within which the dominion of
           the English was restricted, for some centuries after
           the conquests of Henry II. John distributed the part of
           Ireland then subject to England into 12 counties
           palatine, and this region became subsequently known as
           the Pale, but the limits varied at different times.
           [Century Dict., 1906]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pale \Pale\ (p[=a]l), a. [Compar. Paler (p[=a]l"[~e]r);
     superl. Palest.] [F. p[^a]le, fr. p[^a]lir to turn pale, L.
     pallere to be or look pale. Cf. Appall, Fallow, pall,
     v. i., Pallid.]
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     1. Wanting in color; not ruddy; dusky white; pallid; wan; as,
        a pale face; a pale red; a pale blue. "Pale as a forpined
        ghost." --Chaucer.
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              Speechless he stood and pale.         --Milton.
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              They are not of complexion red or pale. --T.
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     2. Not bright or brilliant; of a faint luster or hue; dim;
        as, the pale light of the moon.
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              The night, methinks, is but the daylight sick;
              It looks a little paler.              --Shak.
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     Note: Pale is often used in the formation of self-explaining
           compounds; as, pale-colored, pale-eyed, pale-faced,
           pale-looking, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pale \Pale\, n.
     Paleness; pallor. [R.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pale \Pale\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Paled (p[=a]ld); p. pr. & vb.
     n. Paling.]
     To turn pale; to lose color or luster. --Whittier.
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           Apt to pale at a trodden worm.           --Mrs.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pale \Pale\, v. t.
     To inclose with pales, or as with pales; to encircle; to
     encompass; to fence off.
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           [Your isle, which stands] ribbed and paled in
           With rocks unscalable and roaring waters. --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: very light colored; highly diluted with white; "pale
             seagreen"; "pale blue eyes"
      2: (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble;
         "the pale light of a half moon"; "a pale sun"; "the late
         afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale
         oblongs on the street"; "a pallid sky"; "the pale (or wan)
         stars"; "the wan light of dawn" [syn: pale, pallid,
         wan, sick]
      3: lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness; "a pale
         rendition of the aria"; "pale prose with the faint sweetness
         of lavender"; "a pallid performance" [syn: pale, pallid]
      4: abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or
         emotional distress; "the pallid face of the invalid"; "her
         wan face suddenly flushed" [syn: pale, pallid, wan]
      5: not full or rich; "high, pale, pure and lovely song"
      n 1: a wooden strip forming part of a fence [syn: picket,
      v 1: turn pale, as if in fear [syn: pale, blanch, blench]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  511 Moby Thesaurus words for "pale":
     abate, abnormal, achievement, achromatic, achromatize, achromic,
     alabaster, alabastrine, albescent, alerion, ambit, anathema,
     anemic, animal charge, annulet, arena, argent, arid,
     armorial bearings, armory, arms, ashen, ashy, azure, bailiwick,
     bandeau, bar, bar sinister, barren, baton, bearings, beat, bend,
     bend sinister, billet, bizarre, blah, blanch, blanched, blank,
     blazon, blazonry, bleach, bleach out, blear, bleared, bleary,
     bled white, blench, block, bloodless, blue, blur, blurred, blurry,
     blush, border, borderland, borders, bordure, boundaries, boundary,
     bounds, bourns, broad arrow, bulkhead in, cachectic, cadaverous,
     cadency mark, canton, change color, chaplet, characterless, charge,
     chevron, chief, chloranemic, cincture, circle, circuit,
     circumference, circumscription, clos, close, coat of arms,
     cockatrice, cold, color, colorless, compass, confine, confines,
     confused, container, coop, coordinates, coronet, corpselike, court,
     courtyard, cream, creamy, crescent, crest, crimson, croft, cross,
     cross moline, crown, curtilage, dark, darken, dead, deadly,
     deadly pale, deathlike, deathly, deathly pale, debilitated,
     decolor, decolorize, decrease, defocus, delicate, delimited field,
     demesne, department, device, difference, differencing, dim,
     diminish, dimmed, dingy, discolor, discolored, dismal, domain,
     dominion, doughy, draggy, drain, drain of color, drained,
     drearisome, dreary, dry, dryasdust, dull, dun-white, dusty, eagle,
     edges, eerie, effete, eggshell, elephantine, empty, enclave,
     enclosure, enervated, enfeebled, ermine, ermines, erminites,
     erminois, escutcheon, etiolate, etiolated, exhausted,
     exsanguinated, exsanguine, exsanguineous, fade, fade away,
     fade out, faded, failing, faint, fair, falcon, fallow, feeble,
     fence, fess, fess point, field, file, film, filmy, flanch, flat,
     fleur-de-lis, flimsy, flush, fog, foggy, fold, forbidden, forty,
     frail, freeze, fret, fringes, fume, funk, fur, fusil, fuzzy,
     garland, ghastly, ghostlike, ghostly, glaucescent, glaucous, gloss,
     glow, gray, gray-white, griffin, grisly, ground, grow pale,
     gruesome, gules, gyron, haggard, half-baked, half-seen,
     half-visible, hatchment, hazy, healthless, heavy, hedge, helmet,
     hem, hemisphere, heraldic device, ho-hum, hollow, honor point,
     hueless, hypochromic, ill-defined, impalement, impaling, improper,
     in poor health, inadequate, inadmissible, inane, inconspicuous,
     indecent, indefinite, indistinct, indistinguishable, ineffective,
     ineffectual, inescutcheon, inexcitable, infirm, insignificant,
     insipid, insubstantial, interdicted, invalid, iridescent,
     irregular, ivory, ivory-white, jejune, judicial circuit,
     jurisdiction, kraal, label, lackluster, lame, languishing, leaden,
     leg, lessen, lifeless, light, limitations, limits, lint-white,
     lion, list, livid, look black, lose color, lose courage,
     lose resolution, lot, low-profile, low-spirited, lozenge, lurid,
     lusterless, macabre, mantle, mantling, march, marches, marshaling,
     martlet, mascle, mat, mealy, mellow, merely glimpsed, metal, metes,
     metes and bounds, mist, misty, moribund, mortuary, mother-of-pearl,
     motto, muddy, mullet, nacreous, neutral, nombril point, obscure,
     octofoil, off-white, opalescent, or, orb, orbit, ordinary, orle,
     out of focus, outlines, outre, outskirts, pale as death,
     pale-faced, paling, palisade, pallid, paltry, paly, parameters,
     parcel of land, park, pastel, pasty, patch, patinaed, peaked,
     peaky, pean, pearl, pearly, pearly-white, peculiar, pedestrian,
     peg, pen, perimeter, periphery, peroxide, pheon, picket, pile,
     plat, plodding, plot, plot of ground, pointless, poky, ponderous,
     poor, post, precinct, prohibited, province, puny, purpure, quad,
     quadrangle, quarter, quartering, quiet, rail, real estate, realm,
     redden, reduced, reduced in health, restriction, rose, round,
     run-down, sable, sad, sallow, saltire, scutcheon, section,
     semigloss, semivisible, shadowy, shank, shield, sick, sickly,
     simple, skirts, slow, sober, soft, soft-colored, soft-hued, soften,
     softened, solemn, somber, sphere, spile, spiritless, spread eagle,
     square, stake, sterile, stiff, stodgy, strange, stuffy, subdued,
     subordinary, subtle, superficial, sweet, take alarm, take fright,
     tallow-faced, tame, tarnish, tasteless, tedious, tender, tenne,
     theater, tincture, toft, tone down, toneless, torse, tract,
     tressure, turn color, turn pale, turn red, turn white,
     unacceptable, uncanny, uncertain, unclear, uncolored, undefined,
     unearthly, unhealthy, unicorn, uninspired, unlively, unplain,
     unrecognizable, unseemly, unsound, unsubstantial, unsuitable,
     unusual, upright, vague, vair, valetudinarian, valetudinary, vapid,
     verboten, verges, vert, walk, wall, wan, wash out, washed out,
     washed-out, waterish, watery, waxen, weak, weakened, weakly, weird,
     whey-faced, white, whiten, whitened, whitish, whity, wishy-washy,
     with low resistance, wooden, wreath, yale, yard

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