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[ral, rahl] /ræl, rɑl/
noun, Pathology.
an abnormal crackling or rattling sound heard upon auscultation of the chest, caused by disease or congestion of the lungs.
Origin of rale
1820-30; < French râle, derivative of râler to make a rattling sound in the throat; cf. rail3 Unabridged
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  • Says she: 'I'd give most anything to surprise Miss Vesty with flowers every day,—rale wild ones!'

    The Entailed Hat George Alfred Townsend
  • They were rale good dogs, and would mind you, master Oscar, most as well as me.

    Yr Ynys Unyg Julia de Winton
  • His rale name they say his mither says, is George Moray—wi' an o an' no a u-r.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • This letter is still preserved, and it does not answer to rale's account of it.

  • The genial rale pushed out a black bottle and we drank together.

    The Devil's Own Randall Parrish
  • The death of rale and the destruction of Norridgewock did not at once end the war.

  • They were prime old chaps both on 'em—rale peelers, I can tell you.

  • Thof he's such a friend at a pinch, he's a rale mon of business.

    Lucretia, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He's a rale clever feller as ever lived, and he ain't stuck-up by his smartness, and he likes to see everybody well used.

    The Bobbin Boy William M. Thayer
  • If it wasna for him it wad hae been a rale nice, genteel mairrage.

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for rale


(med) an abnormal coarse crackling sound heard on auscultation of the chest, usually caused by the accumulation of fluid in the lungs
Word Origin
C19: from French râle, from râler to breathe with a rattling sound; compare rail³
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rale in Medicine

rale or râle (räl)
An abnormal or pathological respiratory sound heard on auscultation.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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