1. Avails; profit; return; proceeds. [Obs.]
My house is as 'twere the cave where the young outlaw hoards the stolen vails of his occupation. --Chapman.
2. An unexpected gain or acquisition; a casual advantage or benefit; a windfall. [Obs.]
3. Money given to servants by visitors; a gratuity; -- usually in the plural. [Written also vale.]
Vail, v. t. [Written also vale, and veil.]
1. To let fall; to allow or cause to sink. [Obs.]
Vail your regard
Upon a wronged, I would fain have said, a maid! --Shak.
2. To lower, or take off, in token of inferiority, reverence, submission, or the like.
France must vail her lofty-plumed crest! --Shak.
Without vailing his bonnet or testifying any reverence for the alleged sanctity of the relic. --Sir. W. Scott.
Vail v. i. To yield or recede; to give place; to show respect by yielding, uncovering, or the like. [Written also vale, and veil.] [Obs.]
Thy convenience must vail to thy neighbor's necessity. --South.
Vale n. A tract of low ground, or of land between hills; a valley. “ Make me a cottage in the vale.”
Beyond this vale of tears there is a life above. --Montgomery.
In those fair vales, by nature formed to please. --Harte.
Note: ☞ Vale is more commonly used in poetry, and valley in prose and common discourse.
Syn: -- Valley; dingle; dell; dale.
Vale, n. See 2d Vail, 3.
n : a long depression in the surface of the land that usually
contains a river [syn: valley]