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 linear wheal, especially one produced by a blow with a stick or a whip.
  12. See Wheal.
  13. 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.
  14. To mark with wales.
  15. To choose: to select. Burns.
  16. The act of choosing: the choice: a person or thing that is excellent: the pick: the best. " The pick and wale."- Burns.
  17. A ridge; raised streak left by a lash: plank along a ship's side.
  18. To lash; flog. whale.
  19. To mark with wales or strakes.
  20. A ridge made by flogging.
  21. A ridge or strake, as in the planking of a vessel.
  22. A ridge or streak in cloth, rising above the rest; a streak or stripe; the mark of a rod or whip on animal flesh.
  23. To mark with stripes. Wales of a ship, an assemblage of strong planks, extending along a ship's sides.
  24. 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.
  25. To mark, as the skin, with stripes; to make wales or ridges on.

Usage examples for wale

  1. Vertical staving was used to carry the wale around the stern. – The Migrations of an American Boat Type by Howard I. Chapelle
  2. The lash descended, cutting a broad wale on the buckskin's back. – The Boy Scouts On The Range by Lieut. Howard Payson
  3. It's all a wale, a wale o' tears. –  by
  4. The weather is cruel, but the place is, as I daresay you know, the very wale of Scotland- bar Tummelside. – Robert Louis Stevenson a Record, an Estimate, and a Memorial by Alexander H. Japp
  5. " I've got a wale or two, that's all," said Alec. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  6. He had descried the bright blue lifeboat with the red wale round her gunwale, and was running to meet her in the direction she was heading. – Heroes of the Goodwin Sands by Thomas Stanley Treanor
  7. On the 5th of December, the Queen transport returned from Norfolk- Island, with the lieutenant- governor of the territory, who was relieved by Lieutenant- Governor King; a detachment of marines who had been doing duty on the island; a party of the New South Wale corps, who were relieved by Captain Paterson, and some convicts, whose times for which they had been sentenced were expired. – An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island by John Hunter
  8. Nothing but tow- cloth breeches, and wale- cloth jacket, off there to Groton. – Little Grandfather by Sophie May
  9. As the thought passed through her, she saw on Amy's neck a frightful upswollen wale. – Weighed and Wanting by George MacDonald
  10. One day he came before the king, And kneeld low on his knee A boon a boon my good uncle, I crave to ask of thee " At our lang wars i' fair Scotland I lang hae lang'd to be If fifteen hunder wale wight men You'll grant to ride wi' me." – Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang
  11. The explorers landed at Wale Point on June 26th, and on July 14th reached K'hutu. – The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wright
  12. A fiercer wave rolled onward with the wild gust in its wale, And lifeless on the billows lay the Captain of the Drake. – Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849 by William O. S. Gilly
  13. Almost at the same moment, Brigadier- General Wale, who, with the Reserve, had forded the Gallion River, and under a heavy fire ascended the heights, carried the enemy's works on the left; and General Ernouf's situation had become so critical, that he at once hoisted flags of truce in the works which he still retained at Matouba. – The History of the First West India Regiment by A. B. Ellis
  14. If there is not a land of Stevenson, as there is a land of Scott, or of Burns, it is due to the fact that he was far- travelled, and in his works painted many scenes: but there are at home- Edinburgh, and Halkerside and Allermuir, Caerketton, Swanston, and Colinton, and Maw Moss and Rullion Green and Tummel, " the wale of Scotland," as he named it to me, and the Castletown of Braemar- Braemar in his view coming a good second to Tummel, for starting- points to any curious worshipper who would go the round in Scotland and miss nothing. – Robert Louis Stevenson a Record, an Estimate, and a Memorial by Alexander H. Japp
  15. Aloha na pokii i ka hei wale. – Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands by Charles Nordhoff
  16. How you t'ink I get so far down the wale of life, Simon, and nebber see sich a t'ing? – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper
  17. Aloha wale oe e Kaheleha O Puna. – Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands by Charles Nordhoff