(also chiefly Medicine wheal)
- 1A red, swollen mark left on flesh by a blow or pressure: she slapped his cheek and a bright red weal sprang up on itMore 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 which 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.
verb[with object] Back to top
- Mark with a weal: his neck was wealed and rawMore example sentences
- The veterinary officer will report to the stewards after the race every horse which is wealed.
- After this the boy's bottom would have been wealed, but probably not much bruised.
early 19th century: variant of wale, influenced by obsolete wheal 'suppurate'.
noun[mass noun] • formal
- 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.
the common weal
- The benefit or interests of all members of a country or community: such things as police protection and national defence are benefits vital to the common wealMore example sentences
- Their task is to articulate implicitly, even unconsciously, the necessity for improving the common weal.
- Here every man, eschewing the pursuit of private interest, would devote himself to the common weal.
- The problem is how to make the best use of them for the common weal.
Old English wela 'wealth, well-being', of West Germanic origin; related to well1.