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wale

Noun

1 a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions [syn: welt, weal, wheal]
2 thick plank forming a ridge along the side of a wooden ship [syn: strake]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

walu. Akin to Low German wale; Old Norse vala.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A ridge or low barrier.
  2. A raised rib in knit goods or fabric. (As opposed to course)
  3. The texture of a piece of fabric.
  4. The outside planking of a wooden ship. (See gunwale)
  5. A horizontal timber use for support or retaining earth.
  6. A ridge on the outside of a horse collar.
  7. A ridge or streak produced on skin by a cane or whip.

Verb

  1. To strike the skin in such a way as to produce a wale.
    • 1832: Owen Felltham, Resolves, Divine, Moral, Political
      Would suffer his lazy rider to bestride his patie: back, with his hands and whip to wale his flesh, and with his heels to dig into his hungry bowels?
    • 2002: Hal Rothman, Neon Metropolis: How Las Vegas Started the Twenty-First Century
      When faced with an adulthood that offered few options, grinding poverty and marriage to a man who drank too much and came home to wale on his own family or...no beatings.

See also

Hawaiian

Scots

Etymology

From val.

Pronunciation

  • /wel/

Verb

  1. to choose

Extensive Definition

A wale is a broad, thick plank around the outside of a wooden ship.
The garboard is the wale next to the keel; the gunwale is the top such plank and covers the heads of the timbers between the main and fore drifts.
Gunports on armed ships were placed in the Middle Wales.

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