[Anglo-French, act of handing over, delivery of a prisoner into someone's custody in exchange for security, from bailler
to hand over, entrust, from Old French, from Latin bajulare
to carry (a burden)] 1 :
the temporary release of a prisoner in exchange for security given for the prisoner's appearance at a later hearing [while free on ] 2 :
the security given for a prisoner's release ;also :
the amount or terms of the security [excessive shall not be required "U.S. Constitution
amend. VIII"] [posted cash ] [motion to reduce ] 3 :
one who provides bail and is liable for the released prisoner's appearance [ may arrest or authorize arrest of principal "Code of Alabama
: to flee the jurisdiction while released on bail
: to be released on bail
vt 1 :
to release on bail 2 :
to obtain the release of by giving bail often used with out 3 :
to place (personal property) under a bailment [identity of the article claimed to have been ed
"Peet v. Roth Hotel Co.
, 253 N.W. 546 (1934)"] NOTE: Property is usually bailed by putting it temporarily in the custody of another for a specific purpose, as safekeeping or delivery to a third party.