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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 wale /ˈwe(ə)l/
 條痕,鞭痕,凸紋,精華,選擇(vt.)使有鞭條痕,織成棱紋,挑選,撐住(vi.)挑選

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Wale n.
 1. A streak or mark made on the skin by a rod or whip; a stripe; a wheal.  See Wheal.
 Syn: -- welt; weal; wheal.
 2. A ridge or streak rising above the surface, as of cloth; hence, the texture of cloth.
 Thou 'rt rougher far,
 And of a coarser wale, fuller of pride.   --Beau. & Fl.
 3. Carp. A timber bolted to a row of piles to secure them together and in position.
 4. Naut. (a) pl. Certain sets or strakes of the outside planking of a vessel; as, the main wales, or the strakes of planking under the port sills of the gun deck; channel wales, or those along the spar deck, etc. (b) A wale knot, or wall knot.
 Wale knot. Naut. See Wall knot, under 1st Wall.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Wale, v. t.
 1. To mark with wales, or stripes.
 2. To choose; to select; specifically Mining, to pick out the refuse of (coal) by hand, in order to clean it.  [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 wale
      n 1: a raised mark on the skin (as produced by the blow of a
           whip); characteristic of many allergic reactions [syn: welt,
            weal, wheal]
      2: thick plank forming a ridge along the side of a wooden ship
         [syn: strake]