American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mark raised on the skin, as by a whip; a weal or welt.
- n. One of the parallel ribs or ridges in the surface of a fabric such as corduroy.
- n. The texture or weave of such a fabric: a wide wale.
- n. Nautical A gunwale.
- n. Nautical One of the heavy planks or strakes extending along the sides of a wooden ship.
- v. To raise marks on (the skin), as by whipping.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In wood ship-building, one of the strakes of heavy outside planking above the turn of the bilge. In wooden war-ships, the main wales extended from the lower gun-port sills to the bottom plank, the middle wales between the main-deck ports and the gun-deck ports, and the channel wales, sometimes called strings, between the spar- and main-deck ports. See bend, 3 .
- Specifically, to sort or pick (coal) by hand at the mine or breaker.
- n. A rod.
- n. A ridge or plank along the edge of a ship. Compare gunwale.
- n. A timber bolted to a row of piles to secure them together and in position; a wale-piece.
- n. A wale-knot.
- n. A ridge in cloth, formed by a thread or a group of threads; hence, a stripe or strain implying quality.
- n. A streak or stripe produced on the skin by the stroke of a rod or whip.
- n. A tumor, or large swelling.
- To mark with wales or stripes.
- To weave or make the web of, as a gabion, with more than two rods at a time.
- n. A picking or choosing; the choice; the pick or pink of anything; the best.
- To seek; choose; select; court; woo.
- Choice; good; excellent.
- n. An obsolete form of weal.
- n. A ridge or low barrier.
- n. A raised rib in knit goods or fabric, especially corduroy. (As opposed to course)
- n. The texture of a piece of fabric.
- n. nautical A horizontal ridge or ledge on the outside planking of a wooden ship. (See gunwale, chainwale)
- n. A horizontal timber used for supporting or retaining earth.
- n. A ridge on the outside of a horse collar.
- n. A ridge or streak produced on skin by a cane or whip.
- v. To strike the skin in such a way as to produce a wale.
- v. To give a surface a texture of wales.
- n. Something selected as being the best, preference; choice.
- v. to choose, select.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A streak or mark made on the skin by a rod or whip; a stripe; a wheal. See Wheal.
- n. A ridge or streak rising above the surface, as of cloth; hence, the texture of cloth.
- n. (Carp.) A timber bolted to a row of piles to secure them together and in position.
- n. Certain sets or strakes of the outside planking of a vessel
- n. A wale knot, or wall knot.
- v. To mark with wales, or stripes.
- v. Prov. Eng. & Scot. To choose; to select; specifically (Mining), to pick out the refuse of (coal) by hand, in order to clean it.
- n. thick plank forming a ridge along the side of a wooden ship
- n. a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions
- Middle English wal, wale, from Old Norse val ("choice"), from Proto-Germanic *walan, *walō (“desire, choice”), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)welə- (“to choose, wish”). Akin to Old Norse velja ("to choose"), Old High German wala "choice" (German wählen "to choose"), Old English willan ("to want"). More at will. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English, variant of walu; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The club's mascot is a whale, a reference to the term "wale," the ridge in corduroy.”
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“One member was stationed at the door of the party and took note of the kind of wale, which is the raised portion of corduroy, that people were wearing.”
“There is no 'wale' of saints in this country, "said the father of Elliot;" and as this Pucelle of Lorraine must needs pass by us here, if she is still on the way, even tell us all your tale. ”
“To the ladies who live where it is cold - there is very nice fine-wale corduroy available, sometimes in prints too.”
“Whale butt" ... hahaha, I completely agree, but then wale butts seem to be en vogue now, don't they?”
“Serikali imeshaanza kugharimia gharama za mazishi kwa watu waliokufa katika ajali hii, na itaangalia jinsi ya kuwapa pole wale waliofiwa ili kupunguza makali ya maisha na kuwasaidia waliopata ulemavu kwa matibabu na vifaa …”
“We must've looked like freaks to people who had never seen a hacking jacket or wide-wale corduroys with lobsters embroidered on them.”
“From nowhere, a wale erupted from inside him, as if the pain of what he had endured, and the deepest part of his grief around the loss of his mother, had suddenly released itself after more than 30 years.”
“Lakini katika wale wazungu wote, wapo wachache ambao wamekuwa kama jamaa kabisa.”
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