Definition of wale in English:

wale

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Pronunciation: /weɪl
 
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noun

1A ridge on a textured woven fabric such as corduroy: [as modifier, in combination]: a skirt of mid-wale cotton corduroy wide-wale trousers
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  • Liberty, a firm based in the United Kingdom, has begun printing on fine wale lightweight corduroy, noted Ed Harding, the firm's U.S. agent.
  • Tailored of fine thin-wale corduroy this smooth cotton sport shirt from Martin Gordon offers a modern take on a classic fabric.
  • In case of Corduroy, we will use, either 8 wale corduroy (about 320 gsm), or 14 wale corduroy (about 300 gsm) in 100% cotton or cotton/spandex blend.
2 Nautical A horizontal wooden strip fitted as strengthening to a boat’s side.
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  • Michael gives measurements for the height of the wale at the midship frame.
3A horizontal band around a woven basket.
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  • A wale is an almost unnoticeable, but very important band of weave.
  • An example of this is the round linen basket where the wales have been woven in white willow.

Origin

late Old English walu 'stripe, weal'.

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