(noun, verb)


1. a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions

Similar word(s): weal, welt, wheal

Definition categories: state, harm, hurt, injury, trauma

2. thick plank forming a ridge along the side of a wooden ship

Similar word(s): strake

Definition categories: man–made, board, plank


1. To strike the skin in such a way as to produce a wale.

2. To give a surface a texture of wales.

3. to choose, select.