Definitions of wale

  1. thick plank forming a ridge along the side of a wooden ship
  2. a raised mark on the skin ( as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions
  3. A streak or mark made on the skin by a rod or whip; a stripe; a wheal. See Wheal.
  4. A ridge or streak rising above the surface, as of cloth; hence, the texture of cloth.
  5. A timber bolted to a row of piles to secure them together and in position.
  6. 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.
  7. A wale knot, or wall knot.
  8. To mark with wales, or stripes.
  9. To choose; to select; specifically ( Mining), to pick out the refuse of ( coal) by hand, in order to clean it.
  10. A ridge, as on the surface of cloth; a mark left by the stroke of a whip.
  11. A raised streak left by a stripe: a ridge on the surface of cloth: a plank all along the outer timbers on a ship's side.
  12. To choose: to select. Burns.
  13. The act of choosing: the choice: a person or thing that is excellent: the pick: the best. " The pick and wale."- Burns.
  14. A ridge; raised streak left by a lash: plank along a ship's side.
  15. To lash; flog. whale.
  16. To mark with wales or strakes.
  17. A ridge made by flogging.
  18. A ridge or strake, as in the planking of a vessel.
  19. A ridge or streak in cloth, rising above the rest; a streak or stripe; the mark of a rod or whip on animal flesh.
  20. To mark with stripes. Wales of a ship, an assemblage of strong planks, extending along a ship's sides.
  21. The raised streak on the skin left by a stripe; the outward timbers in a ship's side on which men set their feet when they clamber up; a ridge or streak rising above the surface of cloth, & c.
  22. To mark, as the skin, with stripes; to make wales or ridges on.