from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A valley, often coursed by a stream; a dale.
- interj. Used to express leave-taking or farewell.
- n. A farewell.
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- n. valley
- interj. farewell
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tract of low ground, or of land between hills; a valley.
- n. See 2d vail, 3.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Farewell; adieu. Also used substantively.
- n. A tract of low ground between hills; a valley: little used except in poetry. See valley.
- n. A little trough or canal: as, a pump-vale to carry off the water from a ship's pump.
- n. See vail.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long depression in the surface of the land that usually contains a river
But if he is wise he will, as Milton also did, make it up again, and get the most that he can from his stony-hearted stepmother before the time comes for him to bid her his _Vale vale et aeternum vale_.
"Now to return to the youth in the corner: _Nemo mortalium omnibus horis sapit_, Jemmy keep your money, or give it to the priest to keep, and it will be safest; but by no means let the Hyblean honey of the schoolmaster's blarney deprive you of it, otherwise it will be a _vale, vale, longum vale_ between you.
Among them were a dozen stoic fighters from the New York Underground Combat League, the rules of which are summarized by the phrase "vale tudo," Portuguese for "anything goes."
To add to the confusion, the word "vale" is used to mean a dozen things in Spain, including good, ok, yes, etc.
The poet in Keats informs his being a prose writer of genius, as when he delights in the word vale (which appears in the opening line of Hyperion):
Hola, quote. .vale comes from the word valorIt's not worth much, It's cheap, That stock is valueless, etc.
Of a gentle shepherd maiden, dwelling in Italian vale,
Ffrom Hungerford to Newbury in Barkshire 7 mile all very deep way, 15 mile thence to Reading in Barkshire flatt way, but ye vale is heavy sand for 3 or 4 mile.
Marcus Grapp, who had the start of Luclarion in this "meander," -- as their father called the vale of tears, -- by just two years 'time, and was y-_clipped_, by everybody but his mother "Mark," -- in his turn, as they grew old together, cut his sister down to "Luke."
’Tis though the vale is paved with musk and ambergris