Definitions for: Wale

[n] thick plank forming a ridge along the side of a wooden ship
[n] a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions

Webster (1913) Definition: 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. --Holland.

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. --Knight.

4. (Naut.)
(a) 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.
(b) A wale knot, or wall knot.

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

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.]

Synonyms: strake, weal, welt, wheal

See Also: board, garboard, garboard plank, garboard strake, gun rest, gunnel, gunwale, harm, hurt, injury, plank, trauma, vessel, watercraft

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