• The texture of a piece of fabric.
  • A timber bolted to a row of piles to secure them together and in position.
  • A raised rib in knit goods or fabric, especially corduroy. (As opposed to course)
  • A horizontal timber used for supporting or retaining earth.
  • A ridge or streak produced on skin by a cane or whip.
  • Something selected as being the best, preference; choice.
  • A ridge or low barrier.
  • (nautical) A horizontal ridge or ledge on the outside planking of a wooden ship. (See gunwale, chainwale)
  • A ridge on the outside of a horse collar.


  • To strike the skin in such a way as to produce a wale.
  • to choose, select.
  • To give a surface a texture of wales.

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