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Meaning of WALE

Pronunciation:  weyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  thick plank forming a ridge along the side of a wooden ship
  2. [n]  a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions

WALE is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: strake, weal, welt, wheal
 See Also: board, garboard, garboard plank, garboard strake, gun rest, gunnel, gunwale, harm, hurt, injury, plank, trauma, vessel, watercraft



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wale\, n. [AS. walu a mark of stripes or blows, probably
    originally, a rod; akin to Icel. v["o]lr, Goth. walus a rod,
    staff. [root]146. Cf. {Goal}, {Weal} a wale.]
    1. A streak or mark made on the skin by a rod or whip; a
       stripe; a wheal. See {Wheal}. --Holland.
    2. A ridge or streak rising above the surface, as of cloth;
       hence, the texture of cloth.
             Thou 'rt rougher far, And of a coarser wale, fuller
             of pride.                             --Beau & Fl.
    3. (Carp.) A timber bolted to a row of piles to secure them
       together and in position. --Knight.
    4. (Naut.)
       (a) pl. Certain sets or strakes of the outside planking of
           a vessel; as, the main wales, or the strakes of
           planking under the port sills of the gun deck; channel
           wales, or those along the spar deck, etc.
       (b) A wale knot, or wall knot.
    {Wale knot}. (Naut.) See {Wall knot}, under 1st {Wall}.
  2. \Wale\, v. t.
    1. To mark with wales, or stripes.
    2. To choose; to select; specifically (Mining), to pick out
       the refuse of (coal) by hand, in order to clean it. [Prov.
       Eng. & Scot.]