waling

[ wey-ling ]
/ ˈweɪ lɪŋ /
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noun Engineering, Building Trades.

a number of wales, taken as a whole.
timber for use as wales.

Origin of waling

First recorded in 1830–40; wale1 + -ing1

Definition for waling (2 of 3)

wale

1
[ weyl ]
/ weɪl /

noun

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

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 waling (3 of 3)

wale

2
[ 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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Examples from the Web for waling

  • The lower ends should be in a small trench and have a waling piece in front of them.

  • There must also be a waling piece or cap at or near the top, anchored back.

  • Come away, chap—come away, gentle chap—nae time to be picking and waling your steps.'

    Red Gauntlet|Sir Walter Scott
  • It acts like a waling, and is useful when the ground is treacherous, and provided it is level.

British Dictionary definitions for waling (1 of 2)

wale

1
/ (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 waling (2 of 2)

wale

2
/ (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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Word Origin and History for waling

wale


n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for waling

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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