Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A valley: galloped over hill and dale.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a valley in an otherwise hilly area.
  • n. A trough or spout to carry off water, as from a pump.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A low place between hills; a vale or valley.
  • n. A trough or spout to carry off water, as from a pump.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vale; specifically, a space of level or gently sloping or undulating ground between hills of no great height, with a stream flowing through it.
  • n. Nautical, a trough or spout to carry off water, usually named from the office it has to perform: as, a pump-dale, etc.
  • n. 3. A hole.
  • n. Synonyms Vale, Glen, etc. See valley.
  • n. A dialectal variant (and earlier form) of dole.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an open river valley (in a hilly area)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English dæl.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English dale, from Old English dæl, from Proto-Germanic *dalan. Cognate with Dutch dal, German Tal, Swedish dal. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • May you be allways happy up hill and down dale, is the wish of your

    Letter 225

  • Just posting once a week P I comment all the time usuaklly on Iain dale at the moment

    New Plan

  • Iain dale and David Cameron found out in Rwanda, you can go a bit too far and then they start laughing.

    Archive 2007-12-09

  • This is not quite the Iain dale position which to me is unduly nationalistic (calls for a full seperate English parliament), a most un-English trait.

    A Picture of Mel (plus bits)

  • As for Iain dale wanting Livinstone to resign, well, I'm sure Livingstone doesn't think much of Dale either.

    Ken Livingstone Should Resign

  • 4 Who but Iain dale would know what her plans for her blog were this year?

    Dale Is Hamilton-Miller

  • May. 19th, 2010 10: 37 pm (UTC) i sincerely hope that alan dale is in the running for tywin. his gravelly voice (along with his GRAVITAS!) is exactly what i picture for the lion of lannister. the fact that he's older isn't much of a problem IMO because a) he looks younger than his age and b) many in the series are being aged up anyways.

    No Place Like Home

  • Note the date and time of the above email, which I received yesterday from Iain dale.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • Blocking up the head of the dale are the spurs of Dodd and Widdale Fells, while beyond them appears the blue summit of Bow Fell.

    Yorkshire

  • Near the entrance to the dale is a tall column erected on Langholm Hill, some twelve miles to the north of the Gretna Green station of the Caledonian Railway, -- which many travellers to and from Scotland may have observed, -- a monument to the late Sir John Malcolm, Governor of Bombay, one of the distinguished natives of the district.

    The Life of Thomas Telford

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