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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