- a division of the United Kingdom, in SW Great Britain. 8016 sq. mi. (20,760 sq. km).
- 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
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Contemporary Examples of wales
The king set about punishing Marshal, opposing his attempts to establish his family in their lands in Ireland and Wales.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame
December 9, 2014
The royal couple then traveled on to the Welsh capital of Cardiff to watch a rugby match between Wales and Australia.Kate Middleton, the Preggers Fashion Princess
November 14, 2014
His predicament eventually become something of a cause célèbre, attracting even the attention of the Princess of Wales.The True Story of ‘The Elephant Man’
November 3, 2014
In his version of the story, he then convinced Wales to try the wiki approach.
When Wales and his new wife had a daughter in 2011, they named her Ada, after Lady Lovelace.
Historical Examples of wales
The Prince of Wales and other members of the royal family were present.
A long telegram from the Princess of Wales concluded: "I am praying for you."
Taffy was the name of this fellow from Denbigh, in Wales, and he was a drover.
Finally Taffy yielded and the two went on together to Wales.
These lived at the bottom of the many ponds and pools in Wales.
- a principality that is part of the United Kingdom, in the west of Great Britain; conquered by the English in 1282; parliamentary union with England took place in 1536: a separate Welsh Assembly with limited powers was established in 1999. Wales consists mainly of moorlands and mountains and has an economy that is chiefly agricultural, with an industrial and former coal-mining area in the south. Capital: Cardiff. Pop: 2 938 000 (2003 est). Area: 20 768 sq km (8017 sq miles)Welsh name: Cymru Medieval Latin name: Cambria
- 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
Word Origin and History for wales
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.
One of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, occupying the western peninsula of the island of Great Britain. Its capital and largest city is Cardiff.