—n. 1. a streak, stripe, or ridge produced on the skin by the stroke of a rod or whip; welt.
2. the vertical rib in knit goods or a chain of loops running lengthwise in knit fabric (opposed to course).
3. the texture or weave of a fabric.
4. Naut. a. any of certain strakes of thick outside planking on the sides of a wooden ship.
5. Also called breast timber, ranger, waling.Engin.,Building Trades.a horizontal timber or other support for reinforcing various upright members, as sheet piling or concrete form boards, or for retaining earth at the edge of an excavation.
6. a ridge on the outside of a horse collar.
—v.t. 1. to mark with wales.
2. to weave with wales.
3. Engin.,Building Trades.to reinforce or fasten with a wale or wales.
Pronunciation: (wāl),[key] —n., v.,waled, wal•ing.Scot. and North Eng.
—n. something that is selected as the best; choice.