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Meaning of Wale

A streak or mark made on the skin by a rod or whip; a stripe; a wheal. See Wheal.

A ridge or streak rising above the surface, as of cloth; hence, the texture of cloth.

A timber bolted to a row of piles to secure them together and in position.

Certain sets or strakes of the outside planking of a vessel; as, the main wales, or the strakes of planking under the port sills of the gun deck; channel wales, or those along the spar deck, etc.

A wale knot, or wall knot.

To mark with wales, or stripes.

To choose; to select; specifically (Mining), to pick out the refuse of (coal) by hand, in order to clean it.

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