- a streak, stripe, or ridge produced on the skin by the stroke of a rod or whip; welt.
- the vertical rib in knit goods or a chain of loops running lengthwise in knit fabric (opposed to course).
- the texture or weave of a fabric.
- any of certain strakes of thick outside planking on the sides of a wooden ship.
- Also called breast timber, ranger, waling. Engineering, Building Trades. a horizontal timber or other support for reinforcing various upright members, as sheet piling or concrete form boards, or for retaining earth at the edge of an excavation.
- a ridge on the outside of a horse collar.
- to mark with wales.
- to weave with wales.
- Engineering, Building Trades. to reinforce or fasten with a wale or wales.
Origin of wale1
- something that is selected as the best; choice.
- to choose; select.
Origin of wale2
Examples from the Web for waled
Historical Examples of waled
He drew off his coat and showed his wrists and arms, blue and waled.White Lies
I waled straight to Edmee's room, knocked, and entered at once.Mauprat
His lean sinewy back was waled and puckered with white scars.Sir Nigel
Arthur Conan Doyle
The inhabitants of Java call them lawit, and the mountaineers give them the names of berongdagæ or waled.An Historical View of the Philippine Islands, Vol I (of 2)
Martinez de Zuniga
In this valley, amongst the trees, we found the flocks and horses of the Waled Bou Seif feeding.
- to raise a wale or wales on by striking
- to weave with a wale
Word Origin for wale
- a choice
- anything chosen as the best
- (tr) to choose
Word Origin for wale
Old English walu "ridge," as of earth or stone, later "ridge made on flesh by a lash" (related to weal (n.2)); from Proto-Germanic *walo (cf. Low German wale "weal," Old Frisian walu "rod," Old Norse völr "round piece of wood," Gothic walus "a staff, stick," Dutch wortel, German wurzel "root"). The common notion perhaps is "raised line." Used in reference to the ridges of textile fabric from 1580s. Wales "horizontal planks which extend along a ship's sides" is attested from late 13c.
- A mark raised on the skin, as by a whip; a weal or welt.
- To raise marks on the skin, as by whipping.