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hale 1 (hāl)
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adj. hal·er, hal·est
Free from infirmity or illness; sound. See Synonyms at healthy.

[Middle English, from Old English hāl; see kailo- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

haleness n.

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hale 2 (hāl)
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tr.v. haled, hal·ing, hales
1. To compel to go: "In short order the human rights campaign was haled before a high court of indignation" (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
2. Archaic To pull, draw, drag, or hoist.

[Middle English halen, to pull, drag, from Old French haler, of Germanic origin; see kelə-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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Hale, Sarah Josepha Buell 1788-1879.
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American writer and editor of Godey's Lady's Book (1837-1877), the most popular American women's magazine of its time. Her own works include the poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb" (1830).

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Hale, Nathan 1755-1776.
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American Revolutionary soldier hanged by the British as a spy. According to tradition, his last words were "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."

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Hale, George Ellery 1868-1938.
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American astronomer who invented the spectroheliograph (1891) and was instrumental in the establishment of several observatories. He directed the Mount Wilson Observatory from 1904 to 1923.

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Hale (hāl), Edward Everett 1822-1909.
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American Unitarian cleric and writer whose more than 150 literary works include the story "The Man Without a Country" (1863). His sister Lucretia Peabody Hale (1820-1900) wrote two noted children's books, The Peterkin Papers (1880) and The Last of the Peterkins (1886).

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