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wale

noun \ ˈwāl \

Definition of wale

1 a : a streak or ridge made on the skin especially by the stroke of a whip : welt
b : a narrow raised surface : ridge
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 a : one of a series of even ribs in a fabric
b : the texture especially of a fabric
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


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wale

verb

Definition of wale

waled; waling
: to mark with welts
  • wale the skin

First Known Use of wale

15th century

in the meaning defined above

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wale

noun

Definition of wale

1 dialectal British : choice
2 dialectal 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


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wale

verb

Definition of wale

waled; waling; wales
dialectal British
: choose

First Known Use of wale

14th century

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