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noun
Wale  n.  
1.
A streak or mark made on the skin by a rod or whip; a stripe; a wheal. See Wheal.
Synonyms: 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."
3.
(Carp.) A timber bolted to a row of piles to secure them together and in position.
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.






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"Wale" Quotes from Famous Books



... next morning, we gave the ship a good heel to port, in order to come at, and stop the leak. On ripping off the sheathing, it was found to be in the seams, which were very open, both in and under the wale, and, in several places, not a bit of oakum in them. While the carpenters were making good these defects, we filled all our empty water-casks, at a stream hard by the ship. The wind was now moderate, but the weather was thick and hazy, ...
— A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16 • Robert Kerr

... away about thirty yards or so, when we get afloat, that our dear friend may not perceive the trick—and in proper time I will hook my dead salmon on one of my lines, drop him over the off-side of the boat, pass him round to the gun-wale within view of our intelligent castle customer, make a great outcry, swear I have a noble bite, haul up my fish with an enormous splash, and, affecting to kill him in the boat, hold up my ...
— Handy Andy, Volume One - A Tale of Irish Life, in Two Volumes • Samuel Lover

... not finish the sentence, for before his hand could touch her Rachel's whip cut a deep wale across his face, and then it fell so savagely upon the mare's flank that the high-spirited animal sprung forward as if shot from a catapult, and was a hundred yards away before the rascals really ...
— The Red Acorn • John McElroy

... without song, without music or melody? I never read a right old English ballad of sumere when the leaves are grene or the not-broune maid, with its rustling as of sprays quivering to the song of the wode-wale, without thinking or feeling deeply how those who wrote them would have been bound to the Romany. It is ridiculous to say that gypsies are not "educated" to nature and art, when, in fact, they live it. I sometimes suspect that aesthetic ...
— The Gypsies • Charles G. Leland



Words linked to "Wale" :   weal, gunnel, garboard, harm, gunwale, garboard plank, wheal, trauma, garboard strake, plank, vessel, gun rest, watercraft, wide wale, injury, welt, board, strake, hurt, narrow wale



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