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Wale \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.

    Syn: welt; weal; wheal.

  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.

  4. (Naut.)

    1. 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.

    2. A wale knot, or wall knot.

      Wale knot. (Naut.) See Wall knot, under 1st Wall.


Wale \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.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English walu "ridge, bank" of earth or stone, later "ridge made on flesh by a lash" (related to weal (n.2)); from Proto-Germanic *walo (cognates: Low German wale "weal," Old Frisian walu "rod," Old Norse völr "round piece of wood," Gothic walus "a staff, stick," Dutch wortel, German wurzel "root"), from PIE root *wel- (3) "to turn, roll" (see volvox). The common notion perhaps is "raised line." Used in reference to the ridges of textile fabric from 1580s. Wales "horizontal planks which extend along a ship's sides" is attested from late 13c.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A ridge or low barrier. 2 A raised rib in knit goods or fabric, especially corduroy. (As opposed to course) 3 The texture of a piece of fabric. 4 (context nautical English) A horizontal ridge or ledge on the outside planking of a wooden ship. (See gunwale, chainwale) 5 A horizontal timber used for supporting or retaining earth. 6 A timber bolted to a row of piles to secure them together and in position. 7 A ridge on the outside of a horse collar. 8 A ridge or streak produced on skin by a cane or whip. vb. 1 To strike the skin in such a way as to produce a wale. 2 To give a surface a texture of wales. Etymology 2

n. Something selected as being the best, preference; choice. vb. to choose, select.

  1. n. 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]


WALE may refer to:

  • WALE-LD, a low-power digital TV station licensed to Montgomery, Alabama
  • WBHU, a radio station (105.5MHz/Channel 288) licensed to St. Augustine Beach, Florida, United States which previously used the WALE callsign from September 30-December 22, 2014
  • WALE (defunct), an AM radio station (990kHz) licensed to Providence, (& later Greenville) Rhode Island, United States that held the WALE callsign from 1989 until April 1, 2014
  • WHTB, an AM radio station (1400kHz) licensed to Fall River, Massachusetts that held the callsign WALE from 1948 until 1989
Wale (rapper)

' Olubowale Victor Akintimehin' (born September 21, 1984), better known by his stage name Wale , is an American rapper from Washington, DC. He rose to prominence in 2006, when his song "Dig Dug (Shake It)" became popular in his hometown. Wale became locally recognized and continued recording music for the regional audience. Producer Mark Ronson discovered Wale in 2006 and signed him to Allido Records in 2007. While signed to that label, Wale released several mixtapes and appeared in national media including MTV and various Black-American-focused magazines. A song called "Ridin' in That Black Joint" was featured in the popular video game Saints Row 2's soundtrack in 2008.

In 2008, Wale signed with Interscope Records for $1.3 million, and his debut album Attention Deficit was released in 2009 with the singles " Chillin", " Pretty Girls", and " World Tour". The album, although under-shipped, received positive reviews from critics. In early 2011, Wale signed with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group, where members of the label released a compilation album, Self Made Vol. 1 on May 23, 2011. His second studio album, Ambition was released November 1, 2011, with mixed reviews. His third studio album, The Gifted, was released on June 25, 2013, to mainly positive reviews; it debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200. His second Billboard number 1 album The Album About Nothing was released on March 31, 2015.

WALE (defunct)

WALE (990 AM) was a radio station licensed to the community of Greenville, Rhode Island, and serving the Providence, Rhode Island, area. The station was last owned by Cumbre Communications Corp. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that the station's license was deleted on April 1, 2014.

Wale (disambiguation)

A wale is a plank around the outside of a ship.

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Usage examples of "wale".

June 23 thirtynine leaves from North Wales, which were selected owing to objects of some kind adhering to them.

It was the first interview between us, and not quite as amicable a one as has since been had in Wales.

In the annals of the abby of Margain in far-off Wales, a monk set down in the chronicles of his monastery the story as he had heard it perhaps considerably after the occurrence, from some source now suspected of being Guillaume de Braose or Hubert de Burgh, or some of their followings.

She came from Wales and had had, a long time ago, an eminent person for an ancestor, of the name of Morgan apKerrig--of some place that sounded like Gimlet--who was the most illustrious person that ever was known and all of whose relations were a sort of royal family.

The attainder of the Duke of Clarence was considered reason sufficient why his children should be excluded from the throne, and their uncle in consequence became, by right of birth, King of England: his son he created Prince of Wales.

Penllyn Court, Cowbridge, Glamorganshire, South Wales, completed his one hundred and sixth year on March 16th, and died on the 11th of the present month--at the time of his death the oldest known individual of indisputably authenticated age, the oldest physician, the oldest member of the Royal College of Surgeons, England, and the oldest Freemason in the world.

The musicians were sitting cross-legged on a raised platform behind the buffet, a live ensemble of oboists, percussionists, bagpipers, and one-string violin players in the plaid tribal robes of the Islamic Kingdom of Scotland and Wales.

Just a few hours ago she had resolved to forget about Brock and return to her former life in Wales.

His fortunes had been going up ever since that day fourteen years ago when at Egham races a shower of rain had driven the late Prince of Wales into a tent and he, Bute, had been invited to join the royal party for a game of whist.

Even in the days when Frederick, Prince of Wales, was alive, Bute had been almost a member of the household, behaving like a favoured uncle and later a father figure.

This was Elizabeth Chudleigh, the sparkling vivacious maid-of-honour who had befriended George when Prince of Wales, who had learned the secret of Hannah Light foot, who had used it to blackmail the Princess Dowager and Lord Bute and now faced a charge of bigamy.

Midsummer, as I was fishing and watching the glimmer chafers in the great fishpool above our moat, with Rosamond and our loved Jacinth by my side, that a rider appeared before the drawbridge, charged with a message from King Edward, commanding me to attend him forthwith at Malvern Magna, whither he had journeyed accompanied by his Queen, his son the Prince of Wales, and the Princess Elizabeth.

And gradually there came on her a cosey sensation, as if she were leaning up against someone with her head tucked in against his shoulder, as she had so often leaned as a child against her father, coming back from some long darkening drive in Wales or Scotland.

Presbyterian perswasion, especially the Laodicean preachers, that we should be accessory to the advancement of him whom they call the Prince of Wales to the throne of Britain: Therefore to let all concerned be fully assured of the contrary, We protest and testifie against all such so principled to have any right to rule in thir lands, because we look upon all such to be standing in a stated opposition to God and our covenanted work of reformation.

Chatham Will, glaikit Charlie, Daddie Burke, Royal George, and Geordie Wales, have all passed to their account.