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wale - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'wale' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Wale [ n.]
- A streak or mark made on the skin by a rod or whip; a stripe; a wheal. See Wheal.
- A ridge or streak rising above the surface, as of cloth; hence, the texture of cloth.
- A timber bolted to a row of piles to secure them together and in position.
- 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.
- A wale knot, or wall knot.
2 . Wale [ v. t.]
- To mark with wales, or stripes.
- To choose; to select; specifically (Mining), to pick out the refuse of (coal) by hand, in order to clean it.