• Specifically, the general happiness of a community, country etc. (often with qualifying word). [from 15th c.]
  • (now literary) Welfare, prosperity. [from 10th c.]
  • (obsolete) Wealth, riches. [10th-19th c.]
  • a raised, longitudinal wound, usually purple, on the surface of flesh caused by stroke of rod or whip; a welt.


  • To mark with stripes; to wale.

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