wale

1
[ weyl ]
/ weɪl /

noun

verb (used with object), waled, wal·ing.

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Origin of wale

1
before 1050; (noun) Middle English; Old English walu ridge, rib, wheal; cognate with Old Norse vǫlr, Gothic walus rod, wand; (v.) late Middle English, derivative of the noun

Definition for wale (2 of 2)

wale2
[ weyl ]
/ weɪl /
Scot. and North England

noun

something that is selected as the best; choice.

verb (used with object), waled, wal·ing.

to choose; select.

Origin of wale

2
1250–1300; Middle English wal(e) < Old Norse val choice, velja to choose
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British Dictionary definitions for wale (1 of 2)

wale1
/ (weɪl) /

noun

the raised mark left on the skin after the stroke of a rod or whip
  1. the weave or texture of a fabric, such as the ribs in corduroy
  2. a vertical row of stitches in knittingCompare course (def. 14)
nautical
  1. a ridge of planking along the rail of a ship
  2. See gunwale

verb (tr)

to raise a wale or wales on by striking
to weave with a wale

Word Origin for wale

Old English walu weal 1; related to Old Norse vala knuckle, Dutch wäle

British Dictionary definitions for wale (2 of 2)

wale2
/ (weɪl) Scot and Northern English dialect /

noun

a choice
anything chosen as the best

adjective

choice

verb

(tr) to choose

Word Origin for wale

C14: from Old Norse val choice, related to German Wahl
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Medical definitions for wale

wale
[ wāl ]

n.

A mark raised on the skin, as by a whip; a weal or welt.

v.

To raise marks on the skin, as by whipping.
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