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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Great granite fortresses sprang up in the misty vales and from them Dragon Princes rode the thermals over sullen volcanoes.
▪ Meandering paths lead among dirt hills into odd little vales and over small bridges.
▪ Something marshy in the fogs of the wide vale of York seemed tonight to poison the gathering vapour.
▪ The best view of the vale is from the hills surrounding it; it looks like a map spread out.
▪ The economy of the vale was founded on livestock.
▪ We all know what next occurred-and here we all are, in this vale of tears.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Vail \Vail\, n. [Aphetic form of avail, n.]

  1. Avails; profit; return; proceeds. [Obs.]

    My house is as were the cave where the young outlaw hoards the stolen vails of his occupation.

  2. An unexpected gain or acquisition; a casual advantage or benefit; a windfall. [Obs.]

  3. Money given to servants by visitors; a gratuity; -- usually in the plural. [Written also vale.]


Vail \Vail\, v. t. [Aphetic form of avale. See Avale, Vale.]

  1. To let fail; to allow or cause to sink. [Obs.]

    Vail your regard Upon a wronged, I would fain have said, a maid!

  2. To lower, or take off, in token of inferiority, reverence, submission, or the like.

    France must vail her lofty-plumed crest!

    Without vailing his bonnet or testifying any reverence for the alleged sanctity of the relic.
    --Sir. W. Scott.


Vail \Vail\, v. i. To yield or recede; to give place; to show respect by yielding, uncovering, or the like. [Written also vale, and veil.] [Obs.]

Thy convenience must vail to thy neighbor's necessity.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

river-land between two ranges of hills, early 14c., from Old French val "valley, vale" (12c.), from Latin vallem (nominative vallis, valles) "valley" (see valley). Now "little used except in poetry" [Century Dictionary]. Vale of years "old age" is from "Othello." Vale of tears "this world as a place of trouble" is attested from 1550s.


Etymology 1 n. (context mostly poetic English) A valley. Etymology 2

interj. (context usually seen in obituaries English) farewell.


n. a long depression in the surface of the land that usually contains a river [syn: valley]

Vale, OR -- U.S. city in Oregon
Population (2000): 1976
Housing Units (2000): 724
Land area (2000): 1.082773 sq. miles (2.804369 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.082773 sq. miles (2.804369 sq. km)
FIPS code: 76600
Located within: Oregon (OR), FIPS 41
Location: 43.982237 N, 117.243483 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 97918
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Vale, OR

Valë is a village in the former municipality of Vendreshë in Berat County, Albania. At the 2015 local government reform it became part of the municipality Skrapar.

Vale (mining company)

Vale SA is a Brazilian multinational corporation engaged in metals and mining and one of the largest logistics operators in Brazil.

Vale is the largest producer of iron ore and nickel in the world. Vale also produces manganese, ferroalloys, copper, bauxite, potash, kaolin, and cobalt. The company also currently operates nine hydroelectricity plants and a large network of railroads, ships, and ports used to transport its products.


Våle is a village in Re municipality, and former municipality, in Vestfold county, Norway. Våle is a rural, agricultural area, with Kirkevoll/ Brekkeåsen, Rånerudåsen, Svinevoll, Sørby and Gretteåsen as more dense housing areas. The administrative centre was Sørby.

The parish of Vaale was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). According to the 1835 census the municipality had a population of 2,408. On 16 July 1873, an uninhabited part of Vaale was moved to Ramnes municipality following a royal resolution. In 1947 a part of Botne with 8 inhabitants was moved to Våle. On January 1, 2002 Våle was merged with Ramnes to form the new municipality Re. In 1996 Våle had a population of 3,868.

Våle is known for being the village where the Jarlsberg cheese first was produced. Famous residents of Våle include the author Kåre Holt (1916–1997).

Vale (Santa Maria da Feira)

Vale ( Portuguese meaning "valley") is a former civil parish in the municipality of Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal. In 2013, the parish merged into the new parish Canedo, Vale e Vila Maior. It has a population of 2,138 inhabitants and a total area of 9.01 km².

Usage examples of "vale".

With this fellowship they came safely and with little pain unto Chestnut Vale, where they abode but one night, though to Ralph and Ursula the place was sweet for the memory of their loving sojourn there.

He knew that Seakeepdale consisted of all this now visible to him and twice again as much land, but only this one vale was arable to any large extent or permanently inhabited.

He wanted to ask if they had any ideas about what use all the silvered weapons and silver chains and silver armor he and all the other smiths had made in Ardagh Vale might have been put.

Hearing him from under my kaross I bethought me that he had really grown old at last, who for the moment evidently forgot the part which this very assegai had played a few months before in the Vale of Bones.

He asked me of the Inkosazana-y-Zulu who appeared in the Vale of Bones and of the little assegai she held in her hand, and of the magic of the Opener of Roads, and many other things.

Stories of the Baptist, brought back by pilgrims to his vale, had stirred John from the outset.

With the first morning light the men-at-arms mounted their horses and rode toward Doncaster, Richard Wood rode north to seek his needed men-at-arms from Hubert le Falconer, and only Walter Skinner was left horseless and breakfastless in the vale.

On several occasions, it had seemed that a way out of these huge accumulations of earth matter could not be found, that the geological puzzle was insoluble, the chthonian arrangement of discord irresolvable: and then vale and drumlin created between them a new direction, a surprise, an escape, and the way took fresh heart and plunged recklessly still deeper into the encompassing upheaval.

Might find thee in some amber clime, Where sunlight dazzles on the sail, And dreaming of our plighted vale Might seal the dream, and bless the time, With maiden kisses three.

Better coinless and alive than a wealthy corpse when war sears up and down the Vale again.

Mony introduced the young woman researcher, Cokie Vale, a petite redhead.

During the digging, videotaping had been started-initially a sound bite by Cokie Vale describing her search of classified advertising and how it led to the Hackensack house.

CHAPTER 11 They Come to the Vale of Sweet Chestnuts When they went on their way next morning they found little change in the pass, and they rode the dread highway daylong, and it was still the same: so they rested a little before nightfall at a place where there was water running out of the rocks, but naught else for their avail.

Not since you tried tienelle before Dier Kenton Vale have I seen you act this irresponsible.

Have faith in the Light, for the dawn came again, even at Dier Kenton Vale and the maelstrom that beset the war fleet at Werepoint.