(also chiefly Medicine wheal)
- 1A red, swollen mark left on flesh by a blow or pressure.More example sentences
- I sat in it once when they were picking tomatoes, my feet dangling, the ridge of the seat hurting my thighs, making red weals.
- Their idea of a fun Saturday afternoon is to go paintballing and end up covered in golfball-sized red weals from being shot at close range.
- You could always tell where she'd been in the school, you just followed the red weals on the legs of the kids.
- 1.1 Medicine An area of the skin that is temporarily raised, typically reddened, and usually accompanied by itching.More example sentences
- This causes inflammation and fluid to gather under the skin, causing wheals and the blood vessels to dilate.
- The wheals can itch, and they look like mosquito bites.
- A positive skin test was defined as a weal of at least 3 mm in any dimension.
early 19th century: variant of wale, influenced by obsolete wheal 'suppurate'.
- That which is best for someone or something: I am holding this trial behind closed doors in the public wealMore example sentences
- There is no way for a democratic regime to prevent the citizens from watching and participating in exchanges of ideas, even if these are often half-baked or biassed, and not aimed at public weal.
- This President has largely excused the rich and powerful from the onerous burden of lightening their wads a tiny bit for the public weal - with a resulting plunge in Treasury receipts.
- Positions of trust were designated to all members of this Parliament, singly and corporately, who were seen as guardians of the public weal.
Old English wela 'wealth, well-being'; related to well1.