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wale

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noun \ˈwāl\

Definition of wale

  1. 1 a :  a streak or ridge made on the skin especially by the stroke of a whip :  weal b :  a narrow raised surface :  ridge

  2. 2 :  any of a number of strakes usually of extra thick and strong planks in the sides of a wooden ship —usually used in plural

  3. 3 a :  one of a series of even ribs in a fabric b :  the texture especially of a fabric

  4. 4 :  a horizontal constructional member (as of timber or steel) used for bracing vertical members



Origin and Etymology of wale

Middle English, from Old English walu; akin to Old Norse vǫlr staff and perhaps to Old Norse valr round, Latin volvere to roll — more at voluble


First Known Use: before 12th century


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wale

verb

Definition of wale

waled

waling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to mark (as the skin) with welts



15th Century

First Known Use of wale

15th century


3

wale

noun

Definition of wale

  1. 1 dial British :  choice

  2. 2 dial British :  the best part :  pick



Origin and Etymology of wale

Middle English (Scots & northern dialect) wal, from Old Norse val; akin to Old High German wala choice, Old English wyllan to wish — more at will


First Known Use: 14th century


4

wale

verb

Definition of wale

dial British

  1. :  choose



14th Century

First Known Use of wale

14th century


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